A 350lb mother wants to get paid by the government to lose weight and has also blamed her bulging waste on the ‘low’ amount of benefits she receives. Christina Briggs, from Wigan, suggested a scheme where she was rewarded with money for losing weight could be the key to her shedding pounds. ‘It would be good if the government offered a cash incentive for me to lose weight,’ the 26-year-old told Closer magazine.
Ms Briggs, who receives £20,000 a year in benefits, said she needed more money from the tax payer in order to be healthier.
She added: ‘It’s not easy being overweight and on benefits. If I was well off, I’d be able to buy fresh food and afford a gym membership.
‘I tried swimming but it cost £22 a month and it meant I had to cut back on my favourite pizza and Chinese takeaways.’
The mother-of-two, who appeared alongside Katie Hopkins on This Morning to defend herself, admitted she didn’t feel bad about receiving benefits.
‘There’s no way I could get a job. I don’t feel bad about the taxpayer funding my life and my child’s medical problems, because I don’t treat myself or buy anything excessive,’ she said.