By Bill Doyle

The BBC is reporting that a South African chef who has lived in New Zealand since 2007 had his work visa renewal denied because he's too fat.

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His weight is given as 286 pounds, but no height is given. An immigration official is quoted as saying the man (Albert Buitenhuis) had his application rejected because his obesity put him at significant risk of health problems including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. He went on to say that immigrants have an acceptable standard of health to minimize costs and demands on New Zealand's health services.