Too Fat To Work? Want Free Money? THIS IS SAD…

PD*27594688By: Kevin Larrabee, CSCS

This is another news story that I just had to blog about. It is not funny, it isn’t cool new research about a life saving product or a new way to exercise that causes our body to lose fat faster. It is about a family in the United Kingdom that is mad about the compensation they are getting from the government while being out of work. Why are they out of work? It’s not because they slipped on ice and hurt their backs or because they all have a life threatening disease that keeps them immobile.

They are on disability because they are, “Too Fat to work.” Really? Really? (One more) REALLY?

The Chawners family haven’t worked in 11 years. They, “claim their weight is a hereditary condition and the money they receive is insufficient to live on.” The father of the family even went as far as to say, “What we get barely covers the bills and puts food on the table. It’s not our fault we can’t work. We deserve more. “

When they go into detail about their diet’s this is what they eat because “healthy food” is too expensive, “We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner.”

The last quote from the article that really made me scream bull shit was from one of the daughters that is currently attending college, “I’m a student and don’t have time to exercise” she said “We all want to lose weight to stop the abuse we get in the street, but we don’t know how.”




Really? I have clients that work 50-60 hours a week and still find time to exercise 4-6 hours per week. I went to college and exercised 6-10 hours per week and started this website, the podcast, was a resident assistant, went to multiple seminars around the country and read every book and watched every DVD about fitness that I could. That is not an excuse. If you “can’t find the time to exercise” then I am sorry, but you are just simply lazy.

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19 Responses

  1. P. J. Striet says:

    Everyone is a victim. No one is accoutable or responsible for themselves anymore…it’s always somebody else’s fault.

  2. Nick says:

    Wow! This is terrible! I’ve heard of people blaming things on heredity before and claiming not knowing what to do, but this is ridiculous. How can people seriously believe this about themselves? I bet if they look back a few generations they would find that their problem is not “hereditary” because I bet their grandparents and great grandparents worked during the day (and in turn burned calories in the process) and ate food that actually had nutritional value.

    I agree with you that there is always time to exercise. I work a full-time job, go to grad school part-time, have school related meeting during the evenings, and still find time to workout 5 to 6 days per week. People need to get real and the government needs to stop doing things like this to encourage people to stay fat.

  3. PJ – I totally agree! So many people waste time blaming the world for their problems. It is true that we can have things happen that are out of our control but such is life. Move on.

  4. I really thought this was a joke, but I clicked to the site and lo – you weren’t kidding! You nailed it though. Purely laziness and excuses, not genetics and certainly not because of a lack of time. If they aren’t working, what the heck are they doing with their time?

  5. Seth says:

    The thing that i wonder is, why isn’t their schedule under more scrutiny, at least from the media? I believe they were quoted in one article as to how much they love television. Have they ever heard of DVR technology? I mean, I watch TV too, but AFTER i train, it’s really not that hard. I hear the television thing from tons of other people too (‘i have to be home in time for survivor’), but I have to say in this day and age of DVRs, Hulu/other streaming services, and whatever other on-demand options there are, that just isn’t an excuse for not training. God knows I don’t use “crunch” as an excuse for not getting to the gym:-D!

  6. Nick says:

    Please allow me to start thinning the herd. These four will be first. We cannot allow them to procreate.

  7. Chris Brown says:

    Kev, you’re finding some money blog content lately! “WHAT THE F**K” indeed!

  8. Darren Smith says:

    This is britain for you! Those in need of benefits go without and struggle there asses off, especially in the current climate, and then the free loaders manage to bag themselves a sack full of cash for the most ludricous of reasons.

  9. daniel from Israel says:

    I am Daniel from Israel
    I am a student in Wingate institute for sport education and sports science.
    it is horrible!!!!
    I study 6 days a weak from 8:00 til 16:00
    And then go to work (aim triathlon performers trainer and track and field)
    I have girl friend and I train 2-3 hours a day (power swim ‘bake ‘run) and I still haw tame to maintain may nutrition and diet. and do may home work.

  10. Daniel says:

    these poor genetically fat people. OH I AM SORY I MEAN FAT ASS LAZY POPELE WHO DON’T WANT TO GET OFF THERE ASS AND DDOI ANYTHING OTHER THAN EAT FISH AND CHIPS AND WATCH EAT ENDERS OR CORRINATION STREET. I mean come on I think most of us at some time have been heavier and lost the weight. Is it a fun process to deprive your body and makie it utilize its fat stores? No, but you are the only one that can do it for you. Get off your lazy buits and go work. I am sick of the poor me attitude. But weight we may be headed this way if obama has his total way with it.
    ok sorry ablout the olitical issue but I am a Trainer with a degree and I have worked hard to put my self in a position to be at a nice gym. I am horrified atthe notion that someone who has done nothing to further themself should live the same lifestyle as me. I work most days from 6 in the morning until 7 at night. Ok i am done thanks for taking the time

  11. Manny Prieto says:

    When I first saw the headline “Too Fat To Work” I thought of someone who’s so morbidly obese they can’t get out of bed, and as a professional I would show some sensitivity to those kinds of people.

    But if the family in that picture is indeed the family that is apparently “Too Fat To Work,” they were able to get up to pose for a picture, which doesn’t give them any excuse not to do SOMETHING. Even if they don’t want to exercise they should at least find some way to contribute to society instead of trying to milk everyone else’s hard-earned tax dollars.

  12. Mark says:

    It is time for people to stop acting so entitled to everything in the world, and start taking responsibility and be accountable for their actions. This story sickens me…

  13. Anthony says:

    That is just pathetic. I wonder what has happened in England to even make it possible for people like them to be put on welfare for being too fat. At first glance they don’t even look that bad, at least not in a need-a-crane-to-leave-their-bed kind of a way. I find it hard to believe that they are incapable of working.

    The quote; “We all want to lose weight to stop the abuse we get in the street, but we don’t know how.” is so ridiculous that it is absurd. I find it hard to believe that they have not heard of ‘eating less crap’ and ‘moving more’. Apparently they work ok for dropping fat.

  14. James Keagan says:

    I just feel sorry that these people feel so helpless they cannot get their arses into gear and do something about their lives.

  15. Lyn says:

    It’s sick, but if you don’t laugh, you’d cry. So…. here’s another theory…. I have a hereditary terminal illness, it’s called LIFE – my parents gave it to me, I didn’t choose it. Now that I’m lumped with it, and am “too busy” to commit suicide, will the government please pay me enough to pay my bills, plus more???? I’m sure taxpayers won’t mind supporting my condition, after all, i couldn’t help being born 🙂

  16. J.B. says:

    “Bad Genetics” means that you have a hard time trading in the “pony keg” for a “six pack” not “so fat I’m not a functional human being.”

    I wonder what the criteria is for “too fat to work.” As I have seen far more obese people functioning just fine in the wide world.

  17. Pete Lopeno says:

    What the f#%k is right! I just don’t understand the mindset of these people.

    “We all want to lose weight to stop the abuse we get in the street, but we don’t know how.” You have to be F’N’ me! You’ve had eleven years to figure it out! OMG!

    Let me get this straight… They bring home about £22,508 a year in benefits, or almost $50,000 US dollars a year??? WOW…

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