Denis Foynes – A South African chef who was told he was too fat to have his work visa extended in New Zealand has declared the decision “totally unfair”.
Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 286 lbs, faces eviction from the country he’s called home since 2007 because he has been deemed to be at “significant risk” of health complications and be a drain on the country’s medical services.
Before arriving to New Zealand, the chef weighed 350 lbs. He put on a lot of this weight after he quit smoking. His wife Marthie informed the media that their visas had been accepted every year since they arrived 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 said to the press.
The couple has appealed to the country’s immigration minister, citing the chef’s recent weight loss of 30lbs.
New Zealand is the third most obese country in the world and has been making efforts in recent years to change that.
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