This entire story reads like a joke worthy of the Onion, but since this isn't April 1, it seems to be real, written up in the Telegraph (U.K.), not a trash tabloid. Some excerpts:
The family from Blackburn claim £22,508 a year in benefits, equivalent to the take-home pay from a £30,000 salary. The Chawners, haven't worked in 11 years, claim their weight is a hereditary condition and the money they receive is insufficient to live on.
Mr Chawner said: "What we get barely covers the bills and puts food on the table. It's not our fault we can't work. We deserve more."
The family claim to spend £50 a week on food and consume 3,000 calories each a day. The recommended maximum intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.
"We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner," Mrs Chawner told Closer magazine.
"All that healthy food, like fruit and veg, is too expensive. We're fat because it's in our genes. Our whole family is overweight," she added.
I can't go on. Maybe I should have saved the Scream image for this post. More at the link.
Addendum: The DailyMail has more, including a weekly shopping list, and these quotes:
Are we SURE this isn't an elaborate joke? It's almost a parody of itself.
Mr Chawner said: ‘We love TV. It’s on from the moment we get up. Often I’m so tired from watching TV I have to have a nap.’