Vocabulary: obese (adj), mobility scooter (n), overweight (adj), benefits (n), to make a difference (verb. expression), convenience food (n).

Janice, 44, and her daughter Amber, 25, live in Fife, UK. They are both extremely obese. Because of this, they can’t work and receive money from the UK government. This money is called benefits.


In total they receive £34,000 a year and they both drive mobility scooters which cost £15,000.

Janice says that she has always been overweight and that she has tried to diet and that it “doesn’t make a difference”. She believes that she was born to be fat.

She also says that she prefers eating ready meals that cost £1 than buying ingredients to make food herself. She says she buys convenience food because it is cheaper. She also buys paper plates so that she does not have to wash dishes.

Both mother and daughter have diabetes, and Janice also has other weight-related health problems.

Despite this, they both say that they are happy and that they will never diet: they would rather be fat, happy and not work, than thin, unhappy and working.

This story and photo were taken from the Telegraph. You can read more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11347454/Mother-and-daughter-weigh-a-total-of-43-stone-and-get-34k-a-year-handouts-but-refuse-to-diet.html