Tag: Health

Obese mother and daughter given £34,000 by UK government

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...

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Ebola in the UK

Vocabulary: charity (n), to be diagnosed with (phrasal verb), symptom (n), to recover (v), to break out (phrasal verb) A British nurse has Ebola and is in the London Hospital. Ms Cafferkey was working in Sierra Leone with the charity Save the Children. She flew home from Sierra Leone in December and she was not ill when she arrived in the UK. She was checked in Sierra Leone and at Heathrow Airport for signs of Ebola. She was fine until she returned home to Glasgow, Scotland. It can take up to 21 days for a person to show symptoms that they have Ebola. Ms Cafferkey is the second person to have Ebola in the UK. In September another nurse, William Pooley, was diagnosed with Ebola. He recovered completely within a few days. Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert in Ebola, says that people respond to Ebola in different ways. Ebola has killed 7,800 people, mainly in West Africa since it broke out one year ago. Read more about Ebola...

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