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'Too Fat To Work' Mother And Daughter Have Strong Message For Their Critics

Benefit schemes and welfare payments have long been a divisive subject within the U.K. A recent case in Kirkcaldy, Scotland has kick-started furious debate about the definition of disability benefits. In 2015, the Dailymail reported a story on 44-year-old Janice Manzur and her 25-year-old daughter, Amber, who collectively weigh a total of 43 stone (approximately 273kg) and receive £34,000 a year from welfare payments. Despite their undeniably unhealthy condition, the mother and daughter have no desire to change their lifestyle with Janice telling Jenny Francis, a reporter for The Sun, that “I'd rather my daughter live life on benefits being fat and happy than depressed and thin”.

While shaming and humiliating people for their weight is unacceptable, it is equally important that obesity and laziness are not rewarded with taxpayer-funded benefit payments. There are many hard-working individuals trying to support their families that would kill for the kind of support that Janice and Amber receive from the U.K Government. However, the shameless pair is nonchalant about their situation and appear to take the benefits payments for granted. Both of the obese women have lost their jobs due to weight related complications and injuries. Moreover, as a result of their weight, both Janice and Amber need mobility scooters to move around their homes and a wheelchair accessible vehicle for transport, for which they receive a monthly governmental stipend.

Other financial benefits that Janice receives because of her weight-related ‘disability’ include: £620 in Employment Allowance, £320 in Disability Allowance every month, and £300 for rent support. In short, because of welfare payments, Janice receives £1,440 per month while Amber is granted £1,355 every month.

What separates Janice and Amber from many other welfare recipients are their apathetic approach to their situation and willingness to exploit the benefits system for their own benefit. A representative from the National Obesity Forum, Tam Fry, criticized the welfare system, alleging that 99% of the time, obesity is not a disability, it’s a conscious decision and overweight people should not receive disability benefits’.

Source: Mail Online
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