A British mother and daughter who get £34 000 (R594 000) a year in handouts because they are too fat to work, say they would rather be happy and on benefits than depressed and thin.
Janice and Amber Manzur weigh a total of 273kg and are so overweight they have to use mobility scooters.
But both women refuse to diet and mother of two Manzur, 44, insists: “I’d rather my daughter lived life on benefits being fat and happy than depressed and thin.”
She lives in a three-bedroom house that has been customised to accommodate her disability and drives a Fiat Quibo disability car worth £15 000 (R262 300).
Manzur said: “There’s no point in dieting. It doesn’t make a difference.
“I’ve always been big and I’m too fat to work. I have a genuine disability. I should be miserable but I’m happy. This is the way I’m meant to be.
“I can’t beat myself up that Amber is fat too. It’s just the way we are built. I’ll never encourage her to diet as it made me so unhappy.
“Amber has never set foot in the gym and never will. It won’t change her weight. She is born to be fat.”
Manzur admits to eating junk food or ready-made meals: “It costs £1 [R17.46] for a pasta ready meal, so why spend money on ingredients to cook?
“I like fruit, but it’s expensive. It’s £1.50 [R26] for a punnet of grapes. A chocolate bar costs 50p [R8.75]. I can get a six-pack of crisps for £1 [R17.46]. I buy those instead.”
Manzur’s obesity comes with chronic health problems including oedema (swellings caused by a build-up of fluid), diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol and the heart condition angina.
Amber has diabetes, which is often linked to obesity. They have no plan to diet.
The two women, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, jointly receive close to £33 600 (R588 000) in benefits a year – equivalent to a £46 000 (R804 500) salary before tax. Mother of one Amber has not worked for more than two years, having lost her last job after breaking a leg.
She gets £400 (R7 000) employment and support allowance a month and £430 (R7 500) for rent on her flat.
Manzur gets £620 (R10 826) employment and support allowance and £320 (R5 587) disability living allowance a month.
She said: “We live less than a mile apart. We spend a lot of time together and often go out on our matching mobility scooters.
Manzur said they had been victims of cruel comments.
“A man once compared us to a herd of elephants.
“Another rolled down his car window, called us ‘fatsos’ and said: ‘Get off and walk.’
“We just ignore them.”
– The Telegraph