Please let's not start an uproar here, as I am fully aware that there are sometimes medical reasons for one being overweight. I am not trying to point fingers at those who are overweight when it cannot be helped. This article and this family, however, gives me a problem. I don't know all the details, of course, but it would be interesting to know if they are now or ever have tried to control their diet and work on losing weight and becoming healthier overall. I know it's not easy, but it can be done. And it is (as we've recently discussed) more expensive at times to purchase healthier food items. But do they even have an incentive to improve on their health when they can use that as an excuse to sit home and collect over $43,000.00 a year (in American money)? Wow.
What's your take on this? Please keep your remarks to the point and polite.
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A British couple who say they can't work because of obesity-related health problems complained that the government checks they receive aren't enough to cover their living expenses. They aired their gripes in a story in the Telegraph.
Philip Chawner, 53, and his wife, Audrey, 57, haven't worked in 11 years. The government benefits they collect each year is equivalent to about $43,260 in American currency.
"What we get barely covers the bills and puts food on the table. It's not our fault we can't work. We deserve more," Philip Chawner told the newspaper.
The couple have two daughters — Emma, 19, and Samantha, 21. The combined weight of the four is 1,160 pounds.
Each family member consumes 3,000 calories a day, about 500 over the recommended maximum for men and 1,000 over the limit for women, the Telegraph says.
Audrey Chawner admitted the family's diet isn't the best. But healthy food is "too expensive," she said.
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