Mother-of-two wants more money from the government to help her diet

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Daily Mail: An obese mother-of-two who lives on benefits says she needs more of taxpayers’ money to overhaul her unhealthy lifestyle.
Christina Briggs, 26, from Wigan, says she hates being 25 stone but she can’t do anything about it because she can only afford junk food. Meanwhile, exercise is out of the question because she doesn’t have the funds to join a gym.
The single mother told Closer Magazine: “It’s not easy being overweight and on benefits. If I was well off, I’d be able to buy fresh food and afford a gym membership. “I tried swimming but it costs 22 British Pounds ($35.13 US dollars) a month and it meant I had to cut back on my favorite pizza and Chinese takeaways.”
Unemployed Christina gets 22,000 British Pounds ($31,938 US Dollars) in benefits a year and lives in a council house with her two children by different fathers, Helena, 10, and Robert, two. She left school as a teenager after falling pregnant with her daughter following a one night stand.
The family feast everyday on takeaways, chocolate and crisps as Christina says they can’t afford low fat foods. As a result, the mother is currently a dress size 26.
She has been warned by her GP that her health is in danger because of her size – medical complications relating to obesity include heart disease and diabetes. Christina is desperate not to leave her two children without a mother and doesn’t want her size to take her to an early grave. But she insists “it’s not my fault – healthy food is too expensive”.
She feels her only hope is for the government to give her more money so she can afford to buy fruit and vegetables and join a gym. She also believes she should be paid to lose weight as that would give her the motivation to fight the flab.
She told the magazine: “I need more benefits to eat healthy and exercise. It would be good if the government offered a cash incentive for me to lose weight. I’d like to get one British Pound ($1.60 US Dollars) for every pound I lose, or healthy food vouchers. “If the price of healthy food was lowered that would help, too. I need help but I need it from the government. 
She added that she can’t get a job to gain more money because she’s needed at home to care for her children, especially as her daughter has ADHD and issues with her kidneys. She explained: “There’s no way I could get a job. I don’t feel bad about the taxpayer funding my life and my child’s medical problems, because I don’t treat myself or buy anything excessive. I just get enough money to live on – the taxpayers should help fund my diet.
Never mind the ridiculous claim that she can’t afford to eat healthy (she could start by eating at home instead of takeaways) or work out – how did she pay for her hair coloring, face piercing and tattoos?

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0 responses to “Mother-of-two wants more money from the government to help her diet

  1. Simple solution-Buy healthy food,even though she can’t afford as much,by getting less food,she EATS less food so that’s a good thing on TWO fronts;create her OWN exercise equipment,(a couple of gallon water bottles filled with water or sand are good weights,for lifting,put a broom stick through the handles and they work for leg lifts,etc.) I’m sure her GP could give her an exercise regimen to work out to that she wouldn’t have to join a Gym for. Are you SURE she’s not in California? BTW-save some money-skip the freakish hair dye.

  2. I think she needs education more than more money. She can buy healthy food without breaking the bank.
    Walking around the block is free. Put the young one in a stroller and take off, no excuses.
    But, I see she has enough money from somewhere to buy several tattoos and hair dye, neither is cheap. I wonder if she smokes and drinks also.
    She gets more money, she will only abuse it and not lose a pound.
    Sorry, no empathy here.

  3. Almost every day the Daily Mail has some story on welfare abuse in the UK. The last one I read was of some woman (white) who took welfare $ to vacation in continental Europe. Makes one wonder how the UK manages to stay financially solvent and afloat.
    It isn’t.

  4. Wow – definitely raised on the “you-owe-me” tit! Whatever happened to the SHAME gene?

  5. My Heavens! What if we made the incentive to lose weight–either you start walking (if you can’t afford gym membership) or you lose you entitlement. If getting more money to lose weight would work–perhaps the reciprocal of loosing benefits might work also. This is so gross, she is an irresponsible person–has a child from a one-night stand; evidently has made little or no effort to better herself or to become self reliant. Now she is teaching two other human beings (by example) that this is the way to live. This is just sickening. All I can say is . . . get your big butt out there and start walking!

  6. Reblogged this on Patriotic Gofer and commented:
    I’m glad the original writer mentioned her piercings and tattoos, because that’s the first thing I noticed as I was reading the article. Neither piercing nor tattoos are cheap. Matter of fact, they are pretty expensive. I know… I paid for a heck of a large back piece on my own self. And, she appears to be tattooed from top to bottom… that cost a bundle. Taxpayer funds for tats? Not cool!! Not at all, is that right!!

  7. 2 children? Hard to believe anyone could or would bred this thing!

  8. Is the “single” mom hiding a ring on her right hand?

  9. She makes more in a year than I do working full time. This disgusting and disturbing entitlement mentality will be the ruin of the UK and us as well. She weighs 350 pounds. She doesn’t treat herself, but I note, as others mention above, multiple tattoos, hair dye, and a piercing in her face. If those aren’t treats, what are they, necessities. I am sure she sees it that way. This sickens me. I see this here every single day.


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