This story just blows me away...
Family who are 'too fat to work' say £22,000 worth of benefits is not enough - Telegraph (external - login to view)
I'd be pissed to know my taxes went to support people like this.
Pasta and potatoes are still cheaper than greens and keep better when you only have the cash once a month for groceries. Even the food banks are canned, KD and chock full of cholesterol. Not many social services want to take the time to instruct in eating healthy on a next-to-zilch budget. Their efforts are more like "you should be shamed to live out of my pocket"....
It would be totally unfair of us to just expect them to get up and go find work if they legitimately don't know how. We never taught them nutrition obviously either. We could blame it on their parents, but they're not there anymore necessarily. So what do we do?
Every single word that came out of their mouths is complete BS. Fruits and vegetables are too expensive? We don't have time to exercise(why? It's not like you work or anything.)! Blah blah blah!
I could stand to lose some weight, but I at least have a job and get a modicum of exercise. I can lose the weight if I apply myself, just like these lazy sacks of poop can. Too bad there wasn't something that could be done to force them to lose the weight and therefore get a job and get off disability.
Bacon fatties for lunch? Yep. It's hereditary all right.
I can't say what the dole is like in the UK, but here in BC Welfare recipients who are physically able to work are forced to go to job clubs to learn how to look for work, what to do at an interview and how to behave on the job.
Fitness classes might help too. We take it for granted that we knwo how to work. They've never been taught. We need to teach them. One possibility could be to make them earn their assistance by showing up to lessons. Later, this could prove beneficial in working in the nutrition or fitnes industries. having experience of what it's like, they might make good fitness and nutrition councellors themselves in future if taught how to live well.
I agree with helping them, but beleive that throwing money at them is not helping them. Instead of giving them money, it might be wiser to just provide them with dorm beds at the school and feed them there. Maybe they can volunteer in the kitchen and so on too while they're getting their education.
There are a LOT of jobs out there that require a limited amount of effort/and or intelligence. If there is a woman that is mentally challenged that can work at Taco Bell than there is a job out there for people who's only disablity is that they are lazy.
Why should the onus just be placed on everyone else besides the people onto whom the onus should fall on in the first place. They are lazy. That is all. There is nothing there that says that they do not know how to work(besides themselves, and why would they say that they know how to work lest they be forced to work because of that). Someone has to be taught how to deliver papers? How to mow the lawn? They are NOT victims in the least. They have done this to themselves and I do not feel too sympathetic to them.
How can adults of reasonable intelligence not know that bacon fatties are not healthy. We are inundated with warnings about unhealthy food on the internet, on television, in the newspapers. Heck, word of mouth! They have no excuse and should not have to be taught anything.
I never once said that they should starve to death. Of course that would not be the way to go about things. I just don't think they need to be taught what is healthy to eat and what isn't. Obviously they already know that, as they said that it is too expensive to get "greens".
The point is moot for us, as this is not taking place in Canada.