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Obese Told To Diet Or Lose Benefits

Posted on: February 15, 2015

I know exactly how it feels to try and lose weight but due to disability and meds that I take, it’s impossible. I am actually one of those people who don’t really like food, always have been, and I am so picky it’s unbelievable, but I know I have to eat and I force myself. I am also diabetic and know how important it is to eat and eat healthy foods. I mainly stick to porridge and cereals, without sugar. I haven’t got a sweet tooth, don’t like chocolate, sweets, cakes etc yet still I can’t lose weight. Having one leg at the age of 56 is no fun, especially when I am riddled with arthritis and need operations on both wrists, both shoulders and a new knee 😦

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This is a story I can see from both sides. As someone physically disabled since birth, I feel that if people bring obesity or drug or alcohol addiction on themselves for no good reason then their benefits should possibly be cut and given to others.

However, readers, that rarely happens. Drug or alcohol addiction could be caused by mental health issues or physical disabilities, particularly if people become disabled later in life. Addiction can also cause mental health issues. In such cases people are genuinely disabled and have conditions which cannot be helped or cured.

Also, readers, many studies have shown that wheelchair users are more likely to be obese, because many of them do not walk and are unable to carry out most forms of exercise. So before bringing in any such policies, the Government would need to clarify that overweight wheelchair users would be exempt from any…

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