Twenty-five stone mum: ‘It’s not my fault I’m fat – I need more benefits’

Size 28 Christina Briggs claims over £20k in taxpayers' money, but says healthy eating is too expensive.


by Francine Anker |
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Thanks to her regular diet of crisps, chocolate and takeaways mum –of- two Christina Briggs tips the scales at an unhealthy 25st.

But size 28 Christina, who has never worked and rakes in over 20K in benefits a year, takes no responsibility for her weight gain and says she needs more money from the taxpayer to help her to diet.

The single mum, 26, who splurges £300 a month on junk food says healthy eating and exercise is too expensive.

Five ft 7 Christina from Wigan – who has a BMI of 58 (the healthy range is 18-25) says:

“I hate being overweight but it’s not my fault - healthy food is too expensive. A bag of apples costs the same as a multipack of crisps but I can’t afford both.

“I know I’m putting my health at risk, but I like having a takeaway at the weekends and the kids enjoy trips to McDonald's. My rent is covered by my benefits but by time I pay my £200 bills I’m left with hardly any cash as I have to buy the children books, clothes and nappies. I struggle to afford healthy food.

“I need more benefits to eat healthily and exercise and 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. If the price of healthy food was lowered that would help too. I need help but I need it from the government.”

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