A family of four with a combined weight of 83 stone [1162 pounds] say they are "too fat to work" and need more than the £22,000 [$30,861] they currently receive in benefits.Philip Chawner, 53, and his 57-year-old wife Audrey weigh 24st [336 pounds]. Their daughter Emma, 19, weighs 17st [238 pounds], while her older sister Samantha, 21, weighs 18st [252 pounds].The Chawners, haven't worked in 11 years, claim their weight is a hereditary condition and the money they receive is insufficient to live on.Mr Chawner said: "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."The family claim to spend £50 a week on food and consume 3,000 calories each a day. The recommended maximum intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men."We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner," Mrs Chawner told Closer magazine.
So what do you do in a situation like this? I frankly don't think they are "too fat to work," as I know people like that who are far larger - attorneys, in fact - that make their appearances in court and handle their cases. They're fat - look, there's no other word for it - but they are not infirm.
Should obesity be protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act in America? I think there are people who have a condition - whether physiological or psychological - where a byproduct is heavy weight. And the condition may qualify for ADA protection. But just being fat?