Family who are ‘too fat to work’ say £22,000 worth of benefits is not enough – Telegraph: Cripes. Too fat to work?? No way. They can all become computer programmers. [rimshot — ducking cabbage]

The family from Blackburn claim £22,508 a year in benefits, equivalent to the take-home pay from a £30,000 salary. The Chawners, haven’t worked in 11 years, claim their weight is a hereditary condition and the money they receive is insufficient to live on.

Mr Chawner said: “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.”

The family claim to spend £50 a week on food and consume 3,000 calories each a day. The recommended maximum intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.

“We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner,” Mrs Chawner told Closer magazine. “All that healthy food, like fruit and veg, is too expensive. We’re fat because it’s in our genes. Our whole family is overweight,” she added.

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  1. bobbo says:

    Fusion/Nimby = thanks.

    I figured out by myself why you can’t lose weight by eating ice cubes and frozen food –ie the calories used to heat the food to body tempt does not offset the calories consumed.

    It took awhile but I notice in one of my cookbooks that “calories” for body temp were actually “kilo calories” while for the calories for food were just calories. Bits and bytes sort of confusion possible there.

    I love stories about people who “can’t lose weight” but everyone starves to death without food and there were no fat prison camp inmates.

    “It can be done.”

  2. Paddy-O says:

    # 66 bobbo said, “I love stories about people who “can’t lose weight” but everyone starves to death without food and there were no fat prison camp inmates.”

    You’re on a roll today with the truisms.

  3. Nimby says:

    #66 Bobbo –

    In America, we call a kilocalorie a Calorie. Note the capital C. It used to be common to talk about BIG calories and small calories. I think we started talking about Calories simply as a convenience since there is no really simple non-metric equivalent. Most of the world, however, refers to the more scientifically correct kcal or even kilo joules. (N.B. For the family in the article, I believe the correct term is “killer calories.”)

  4. deowll says:

    Looks to me like they are still getting plenty to eat.

  5. Mike S. says:

    While a *predilection* for obesity is surely genetic, the *expression* of that predilection is under the individual’s control. Simply eat less, exercise more.

    These people are poster children for the inevitable end result of the “nanny state”, which you Britons have perfected, and which we in the States are working diligently towards.

    At some point the government will have taken 100% from the productive, only to find that it is still not enough to support the slothful and incapable.

    God help us.

  6. Mike S. says:

    @daavo: it is not necessary to *hate* fat people in order to disapprove of obesity being a qualification for government benefits.

    This is a straw-man argument. Unlike quadriplegia or mental retardation, obesity is a reversible condition subject to the discipline of self-control.

    I know whereof I speak; I am obese, and struggle daily to reduce my weight. I’d be ashamed to haul my fat ass to the government to claim disability based upon my lack of self-discipline.

    Evidently shame is an emotion in very short supply.

  7. Strawp says:

    The bizarre background on this story is that one of the daughters went on X-Factor to audition with a really bad Celine Dionne song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1j73o8lric&feature=related

    Completely destroyed but then came back!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVB8XYBAftM&feature=related

    “My singing teacher says I’m halfway there” what?!


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