A 350-pound mother of two claims the reason she is morbidly obese is because she needs more of taxpayers’ money to break her bad eating habits.
Christina Briggs, of Wigan, England, says she can only afford junk food and that she doesn’t exercise because she doesn’t have enough funds to join a gym, the Daily Mail reports.
“It’s not easy being overweight and on benefits,” the single mother told Closer Magazine. “If I was well off, I’d be able to buy fresh food and afford a gym membership.”
Briggs says she has already tried swimming, but it cost her about $36 a month, which meant cutting back on her favorite foods, like pizza and Chinese takeout.
“It’s not my fault — healthy food is too expensive,” the 26-year-old added.
“I need more benefits to eat healthily and exercise,” she told the magazine. “It would be good if the government offered a cash incentive for me to lose weight. I’d like to get £1 [$1.62] for every pound I lose, or healthy food vouchers.”
Briggs is currently unemployed and receives over $32,000 in benefits a year from the government and lives in public housing with her two children by different fathers, Helena, 10, and Robert, 2.