Overweight and obese people have to claim for obesity benefits because of their disability. In fact, obesity benefits cost over £54 million from the UK national budget. Thus, according to rough estimate, about 10 million of British people are getting obesity benefits today.
The UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stated that the number of people applying for obesity benefits has doubled over the last five years. All these people are not able to work physically anymore, due to their extra weight problem. It is a fact that obesity became a number one health issue in the UK and every year, the government has to pay over £9 billion on the needs of the Healthcare Ministry to solve overweight problem.
Although, some of the beneficiaries (£138 per week) are still working, the majority of them have already quit their jobs.
Sadly, but it is the fact that the UK government created quite comfortable conditions for overweight people, providing them an easy life. If we speak about obesity as a result of some medical disorder, then yes, these people deserve benefits. While those, who simply cannot control their eating behavior are just a waste of taxpayers’ money.