This story came up in my Facebook news feed and I could not believe my eyes. I wanted to swear I was so angry. Before I begin, take a look at the article and see for yourselves.
So basically the article is about a mother and daughter who claim £30,000 in benefits and both have state funded mobility scooters because they are ‘too fat to work’. According to them, they deserve the money…
I CANNOT and WILL NOT believe that the 17 stone daughter needs a mobility scooter, even if she has recurring leg problems. I was nearly 22 stone and I could still walk easily. This is just laziness of the highest order. I am gobsmacked that these people are allowed to promote the lifestyle of ‘I am meant to be this way’ and so don’t do any exercise.
How much more ill-informed can you be???
These people are claiming £30,000 a year in benefits because they openly accept the notion that they are ‘simply too fat to work’. I am aware that The Mirror have written this in such a way that it comes across as shocking; well its worked on me! They EVEN have a car that is paid for by us, the taxpayer, so that’s nice of us isn’t it?
The daughter is disillusioned; she ‘claimed she could not help being large because it’s in the family genes – so decided not to fight it.’ Now to me, this sounds like her mother has brainwashed her into believing that she cannot work because she weighs 17 stone. I know 17 stone is obese, but I know so many people who are or have been this weight or bigger (myself and partner included) who have held down jobs and moved about with little or no issue.
This bit shocks me the most:
The mother said: “There’s no point in dieting, it doesn’t make a difference. I’ve always been big and I’m too fat to work, so I have a genuine disability. I should be miserable, but I’m happy. I know this is the way I’m meant to be.”
BEING FAT IS NOT A DISABILITY! I don’t care what anyone says; I know why I’m fat and its because I ate too much and did no exercise.
From watching the ‘What is the right diet for you?’ programme the other day, I accept that being overweight can, in some cases, be in your family history/genetic makeup. However, I distinctly remember the programme also stating that you can still take steps to improve your health despite having a genetic pre-disposition to being overweight.
One thing I do agree with though (can’t believe I just wrote that) is when the mother mentions the expense of healthier foods. She is partly right in the sense that higher calorie foods and junk foods like crisps, chocolate,etc do tend to be cheaper. But, on the same scale, fruits and vegetables can be cheap and affordable too, if you buy them frozen and budget correctly.
So in conclusion, after almost swearing all over my lovely blog due to these lazy people, I will say that you should not take any of their ideas as your own because they clearly don’t understand the concept of wanting to live longer. These people have a very negative and warped idea about living healthy; they mention the word ‘diet’ a lot in negative sentences. It is clear, they have never tried to see life as living healthier and not a constant struggle of dieting.
The very fact that the mother was told ‘that if she wanted to work she could lose weight’ and she won a case and now gets £620 Employment and Support Allowance a month is laughable. She should not be entitled to this in my opinion because she has NO intention of looking for work and her support should come from her disability allowance and nothing else.
I may come across as cruel in this article but to be honest, I feel that strongly about it that I had to write this anyway.
People who decide that they can’t help being fat (unless its glandular) are wrong. Please don’t listen to them. You can help it. You don’t have to make yourself miserable by dieting. There are so many ways to look at this but the most important one is to give yourself a chance before you even begin to think about it not being worth it.
It is always worth it.
Rant Over. Sorry my lovelies!