New Zealand rates third in the world involving the problem of obesity, behind the United States and Mexico. New Zealand has told Albert Buitenhuis to leave the country. They’ve told him, ‘you’re too fat to stay.’
Buitenhuis is a chef. Since his arrival in New Zealand, six years ago, he has lost 30 kilograms, or 66 pounds. That’s not enough. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighs 130 kilograms or 286 pounds. His body mass index is 40, placing him in the group of obese. Immigration New Zealand, (IMZ), says it must be 35 or under. They say his weight puts too much strain on the country’s health services.
“INZ’s medical assessors have said to consider to what extent there might be indications of future high-cost and high-need demand for health services,” a spokesman said, as quoted by the Huffington Post.
Before his immigration to New Zealand, he weighed 159 kilograms, or 350 pounds. His wife says the weight gain was caused by quitting smoking.
They are upset because their visas have been approved every year since their arrival in 2007.
“We applied year after year and there were no issues. They never mentioned Albert’s weight or his health once and he was a lot heavier then,” she told The Press.
They are appealing to the immigration minister, noting his efforts at weight loss.
Alfred James reporting