Janice Manzur, 44, and her 25-year-old daughter Amber said they’re proud that being overweight has prevented from working. The two weighing a a total of 603 pounds and are happy to be living off of benefits from the British government.
Their health issues have made it difficult for them to move around. Both women use mobility scooters.
The mom had previously worked at a call center but left because of health issues and has been receiving government benefits since 2006. She even had their home renovated to accommodate their needs.
The Manzur women take in about $51,100 per year from benefits. Neither one of them have plans to diet despite serious health risks, saying that they are happy just the way they are.
“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,” Janice said. “I know this is the way I’m meant to be.” Janice’s daily diet includes ready-made dinners, which she said are less expensive and more convenient than cooking.
“People shouldn’t judge me or my mum for how big we are because it’s in our genes,” Amber said.
Amber’s mother agrees with her decision, saying, “I’d rather my daughter live life fat and happy than depressed and thin.”
Neighbor Steven Hunter says “Amber is that bad she can hardly walk. It takes her half an hour to get up the stairs,” “She’s never walking. When she comes round to see someone it takes her half an hour to get to the house.”
Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said she thinks the Manzur’s benefits should be taken away. “The amount of benefits they get is ridiculous,” she said. “’My views are people like that should have their benefits cut. It will fall to the National Health Service to pay for treatment.”
Tam Fry, National Obesity Forum representative said he was “horrified” that people were receiving disability benefits just because they were obese.
“I think it’s a total exploitation of the benefits system,” Fry said.
Fry placed the blame for such a flawed benefit program on the system itself.
“It’s very difficult to blame the individuals but what I can blame is the health system which actually allowed this to happen. If you had a proper system of monitoring children and adults and were able to introduce them to weight management courses or weight loss courses we would not be in this situation,” he said. “But the horses have bolted and we can’t shut the stable door.”
Source: Daily Mail