Sunday, 22 March 2009

Slim chance of that..

Meet the Chawner family of Blackburn, northern England.

Dad Philip: Age 53, weight 152.4kg or 336lbs
Mom Audrey: Age 57, weight 152.4kg or 336lbs
Daughter Sam: Age 21, weight 108kg or 238lbs (on right)
Daughter Emma: Age 198, weight 107kg or 235lbs

This family spend their days in front of the TV - they do NOTHING but watch TV all day long - in fact, the father says that he watches so much TV that he often has to take a nap because he is so tired...must be really difficult!

Dad says that neither he nor his wife have worked a day in 11 years and that their weight is genetic and they can't do anything about it, but in the same breath he says they eat 3000 calories on average per day. The recommended calorie intake is 2000 for a lady and 2500 for a man - On the weight management programme that I am currently doing, I eat around 1200 calories per day - and I am 6ft tall and exercise every day, not to mention running around after two children. So 3000 calories a day for doing nothing but watching TV is extreme!

Dad also says that none of them can work because they are too fat and it is genetic, so the government needs to help them and give them more money!

The receive R314 273 ($32 567.10) in tax free handouts from the government each year and yet they are now petitioning the British government to increase this amount to so that they may live more comfortably.

Live more comfortably??? It is not the fact that they are over-weight that annoys me - I too am over-weight - it is the fact that they say they are too fat to work so they will sponge off the government who could be spending that money on a far more deserving family who truly don't have the means to provide for their children! Not only that, but those poor girls have learnt this way of life from their parents. How will they ever be able to look themselves in the mirror and be proud of their accomplishments if they are never taught the joy of success and personal pride?

It saddens me that a programme that was designed to help those truly in need is being abused by the lazy.

Shame on them!


Ninnles said...

Good Point!

elteescat said...

Yes! Quite annoying!!! I have arthritis in both of my knees and some times the pain is so bad I cry and am tempted to get down on all fours and crawl because I don't want to take another step! But if I give up where will I get any money, right? And to add insult to injury, every time I turn around I get laid off from ANOTHER factory shipping the jobs off overseas! No one gives ME any money to sit on MY butt!!! You can only collect unemployment benefits for one year after becoming unemployed and you only get half of the income you had at the job you got laid off from and I tell you it was NEVER anywhere NEAR $30,000 per year!!!!!!! I got so sick of getting laid off all the time I took my butt to college to get a nursing job! I'm currently surviving on less than $9,000 per year while I take my nursing classes. This family pisses me OFF!!!!