Cruel and unusual?

April 29, 2008 at 9:57 am (diets, media, weight loss)

Part of the penal code of the USA outlaws cruel and unusual punishment. Does that include starvation? If a man in jail for murder drops 25% of his body weight in only 8 months, is that cruel and unusual punishment?

Broderick Lloyd Laswell has lost over 100 pounds in under a year, and has filed a lawsuit against Benton County Jail claiming that he and other inmates aren’t getting fed enough, and claiming also that the inmates should be fed hot food, instead of cold food only, which has been policy for years. Meals are provided by Aramark Correctional Institution Services and, assuming that all food in the meal is eaten, inmates should be taking in about 3000 calories a day. If that seems like a lot, bear in mind that the average calorie requirement for a man is 2700 calories a day.

“On several occasions I have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Laswell wrote in his complaint. “About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again.”

Laswell claims he’s lost about a half-pound a day.

“If we are in a small pod all day (and) do next to nothing for physical exercise, we should not lose weight,” according to Laswell. “The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death.”

Let me state this again.

An otherwise healthy man has lost over one hundred pounds in eight months.

An otherwise healthy man has lost 25% of his body mass in eight months.

But, hey, you know, at least he is less of a fatty than he was, right? He should be greatful that any time he tries to do any physical activity he gets dizzy and almost passes out. It means the enforced starvation diet is working! A lack of physical activity is totally healthy as long as he keeps shedding those extra pounds.




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