From the UK comes this heart-wrenching story of a family “too fat to work”. These poor souls – who through no fault of their own weigh a combined total of over 520kg – receive a paltry £22,508 (around $A50k) each year, and are having trouble coping.
Naturally, they want more money (emphasis mine):
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.”
After all, it’s not their fault they’re fat:
“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.
And it’s not like they’re lazy – they lead very hectic lifestyles:
Emma, said: “I’m a student and don’t have time to exercise” she said “We all want to lose weight to stop the abuse we get in the street, but we don’t know how.”
So, next time you’re doing it tough, spare a thought for the Chawner family, who can barely put food on the table.
UPDATE: Seems this family has form. Having achieved 15 minutes of fame for their daughter’s disastrous X-Factor audition, they were in the news again recently, after getting evicted over loud and horrible singing! (more below the fold)
Last month at Bury County Court Emma, her sister Samantha, 21, and parents Philip, 53, and mother Audrey, 57, were given 28 days to leave the rented house, but said they intended to fight eviction.
They claimed they were being victimised by neighbours because of their size.
UPDATE 2: More choice quotes:
Mr Chawner said: “We love TV. It’s on from the moment we get up. Often I’m so tired from watching TV I have to have a nap.”
“We all love nibbling on biscuits. I once bought some pears, but they tasted funny.”
Emma, who would like to lose 6st (38kg), added: “We don’t have time to diet.”