Kirsty Kennedy weighs 308lbs and she claims she’s unable to get a job due to being “too fat” to work.
In a span of seven years she’s never held a full-time job and has been collecting government benefits, at the expense of the taxpayer, the entire time. However, she claims that she’s attempted getting a job but is always rejected which she believes is a direct result of being overweight. As a result, she lives with her unemployed, overweight parents and admits to hiding chocolate under her bed for late-night binges.
“I’ve applied for Poundland. I think Iceland are getting fed up with me asking all the time but I am just getting to the point I’ll just take anything,” Kennedy, who does volunteer work delivering food to the elderly, said. “I think people just look at me and think, ‘Oh, she’s too heavy and we cannot take her.’ I am willing to get a job. I am trying to tell people I am here and give me a chance.”
Kennedy also believes that employers are turned off by her mild learning disability, which she was diagnosed with at age 18.
According to Kennedy, a thyroid problem has contributed greatly to her weight issues.
“I’m on medication because of my thyroid so I have to work twice as hard as someone else to start seeing the results in my weight loss,” she said. “But even if I lose a pound or two, the doctor does encourage me. It’s going slowly but it is going in the right direction. I have good days and bad days — too many packets of crisps and too much chocolate.”
Kirsty’s 57-year-old mother of four, Rosie, said she had previously held a job but the fat gene ran in the family, but denied the family were scroungers.
“You see big women working in supermarkets. I have been big for a long time. I worked in fields and factories and I did that for 14 years,” she said. “I’m just fat. I won’t lie. I eat all the wrong things. I don’t eat big meals but I do eat the wrong things. I did manage to lose three stones. But I buy veg and then it doesn’t get used and it’s a waste of money.
“I know I could get up and go out there for a walk. But I can’t be bothered. It’s laziness,” Rosie added. “But we’re are not scroungers. If we don’t have a penny we go without.”