Politics & Policy

350-Pound Woman: I’m Obese Because I Don’t Get Enough Taxpayer Money

A 350-pound British woman claims it’s not her fault she’s morbidly obese — it’s because the government doesn’t give her enough money.  

“It would be good if the government offered a cash incentive for me to lose weight. I’d like to get £1  for every pound I lose,” 25-year-old Christina Briggs said.

Briggs said losing weight is currently impossible because she doesn’t have enough money to buy healthy food or join a gym.

“I tried swimming but it cost £22 [$35.89] a month and it meant I had to cut back on my favourite pizza and Chinese takeaways,” she said.

“It’s not my fault – healthy food is too expensive,” she added.

Briggs already receives almost $36,000 a year from the government.

She lives in public housing with her two children. 

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.


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