The family too fat to work

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        This story is about a family in the UK, I hope Blue or other folks from the UK have more info about it:

        They have a combined weight of 83 stone and claim £22,000 in taxpayer-funded benefits on the basis that they are ‘too fat to work.' Yet, incredibly, X Factor flop Emma Chawner's family from Blackburn are demanding more money because they still can't afford their calorie-laden lifestyle. Asked why they don't simply go on a diet, the jobless Chawner family, who are so obese their neighbours call them ‘the telly tubbies,' insist: "We don't have the time."

        Both Philip Chawner, 53, and his 57-year-old wife Audrey weigh 24st. Their youngest daughter, Emma, is 5ft 3in and weighs 17st, while her older sister Samantha, 21, is 5ft 9in and weighs 18st. They haven't worked in 11 years, claiming their weight is due to a hereditary condition. Instead, the family spends their days in front of a television borrowed from a friend.

        The family claim to spend £50 a week on food, including chocolate, chips and pies, and consume 3,000 calories each a day.




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        For those of us who don't use the "stone" system, a stone is equal to 14 pounds.   (I had to go look it up  lol )

        Too fat to work?  They don't look that fat to me!
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        Too fat or just too lazy!!
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          Don't get me started on this subject.  This kind of story makes me angry and we hear about them all the time.  If they stopped giving them so much money, they would have to get off their fat butts and get a job.  It's a vicious circle imho....but paying them money because they are too fat to work is bs.  Send in Steve Miller! 

          In case you don't know who Steve Miller is - he does a tv show called "fat families".  He goes in and helps fat families lose weight and helps them "want" to get off their butts and do something about it.  He would sort them out as he is a "no-nonsense" kind of guy!

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          these LAZY ASSSS &%!@#%%^^&  ****%$#@@!% are just milking the system becasue they are LAZY.......cut them off welfare and see how long it takes them to get a job and lose weight...this is a major problem in the states....anything to get something free,....go get a job losers!!!  any state purchased chocolate, chips and pie should be illegal in that household
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          They are too fat to get a job?! Well, isn't that conveniant...  >:( They're abusing the sistem but the system allows it.
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          Serbia's bad for many things, but a great thing about it is that it never puts up with bull$%^& like this. Too fat to work?! Well, excuse me, but if you worked in the first place, you wouldn't have time to eat enough to be so fat. Too bad, so sad. And if it's a hereditary thing, pay them a gastric by-pass or a health clinic, but don't give them money to continue eating chips and candies and milking us honest taxpayers.
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          Well i am sorry but i have to throw a monkey wrench in this whole story! Forgive me but people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. What has become of our society that we can ridicule people by their size? Then we wonder why there are self image problems, anorexia and bulimia.

          We can shoot down overweight people but use special care when it comes to race, disabilities and addictions. Do you know how many people in this world are overweight not to mention how many members here at LCB alone are!

          A couple years ago we had a very active member here who was a "large women" as she put it and left to never return after a not so nice post about "fat" people.

          If there is to be any blame about this story it is the producers of the show who milk it for all its worth poisoning the minds of people who say fat=lazy all the while their bank accounts are getting fat. This show has repeatedly told this family they were not going to feature them anymore cuz the failed to lose weight, yeah right. This is about moolah and 6 months later they are still around!

          I wouldn't doubt that the reason they don't work is not out of laziness but rather the sneers and jeers they get from a ignorant audience and employers who may not hire them leaving them feeling worthless and a butt of everyone's jokes.

          My mom died fat and happy and worked her whole life and never had a lazy bone in her body may God rest her soul.

          If you got the thin gene or a fast metabolism God bless you. For those who don't may God bless you even more.

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          I agree that it would surely be difficult for them to get jobs due to the prejudices that Lips has mentioned. Yes, those still exist, unfortunately.

          However, there are ways to work from home nowadays, quite a few people do that for various reasons. I don't think that this story is about being fat or being skinny, it's about something else, at least for me.

          I know a person that was left without both legs following a horrific accident. He doesn't take money from the state anymore as he found a way to work from home and earn enough to make a living.
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            I don't think its actually about their size - I think it just seems like an excuse.  My sister is huge and I love her to bits for who she is.  She gets ridiculed a lot by people on the streets because of her size.  She went to university late in life, got her degree despite being dyslexic and I'm so proud of her.  She works extremely hard for very long hours and is a huge asset to the place she works at.  There definitely are prejudices against larger people I totally agree with you Lips and I've been with my sis when people say horrible things to her and it hurts me as much as it hurts her.

            But these people claiming benefit because they are "too fat to work" seems like an excuse.  My sis is a helluva lot bigger than any of them and she works...very hard and very long hours.

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            these people should all have jobs.  there is absolutely no excuse for them to think that they "DESERVE" to be supported by the system because they have made up their own reason to "DESERVE" it.  To me, this has nothing to do with fat or skinny,  it has to do with LAZY and NOT LAZY.  These people are not too fat to work,  if you can move, you can work.
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            I think the problem here is the media attention.  I'm sure there is more to the story.

            And dang it, if the government guidelines let them get that money, why should they not take it?  It's like telling us not to take the free chips that are offered.  Or that we use too many, or that we should be cut off because we take advantage of what is given us.  Are we happy to be banned as bonus abusers??

            Change the rules if you don't like them.  And good luck trying to do that!
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            I think this families problem IS that they are lazy not that are too big to find a job.There are people of all sizes that abuse the system.I know and have worked with large people and they worked are hard as anyone.
            This family is more than likely laughing at the rest of us,large people included!!
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            Well i am sorry but i have to throw a monkey wrench in this whole story! Forgive me but people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. What has become of our society that we can ridicule people by their size? Then we wonder why there are self image problems, anorexia and bulimia.

            We can shoot down overweight people but use special care when it comes to race, disabilities and addictions. Do you know how many people in this world are overweight not to mention how many members here at LCB alone are!

            A couple years ago we had a very active member here who was a "large women" as she put it and left to never return after a not so nice post about "fat" people.

            If there is to be any blame about this story it is the producers of the show who milk it for all its worth poisoning the minds of people who say fat=lazy all the while their bank accounts are getting fat. This show has repeatedly told this family they were not going to feature them anymore cuz the failed to lose weight, yeah right. This is about moolah and 6 months later they are still around!

            I wouldn't doubt that the reason they don't work is not out of laziness but rather the sneers and jeers they get from a ignorant audience and employers who may not hire them leaving them feeling worthless and a butt of everyone's jokes.

            My mom died fat and happy and worked her whole life and never had a lazy bone in her body may God rest her soul.

            If you got the thin gene or a fast metabolism God bless you. For those who don't may God bless you even more.

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            gotta agree with lips on this .When people are overweighty it does cause very bad health concerns and no matter what some people do to lose weight they just cant.My niece is 21 and she is morbidly overweight.She works but she has passed out 5 times on the job.The last time she stopped breathing.I am thin and i eat alot more then she does.I think her weight problems come from her other side of the family. The Drs are telling her not to work right now until they find out whats going on.I agree that they could be lazy but maybe theres a deeper reason.
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            i am afraid i would want to see the DR's note for all four of them....there are bigger people who work all day long...and we would have to only hope chilly, that even if the government offered them benefits...inner pride would hopefully kick in and if there was anything they could do to improve their situation,,,they would...to try to work hard and not be able to is one thing....but not to try is unacceptable.....and to say you dont have time to go on a diet...but do have time to sit and eat chips and watch TV????  really???

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