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    Benefit cuts force me to eat unhealthy chocolate and crisps, says Sussex woman

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    A 22-stone woman who has lost a staggering 16-stone says a decision to stop her £340 disability allowance could see her pile the pounds back on.

    Laura Ripley had more reasons than most to celebrate her 25th birthday this year as it was a milestone doctors told her she would never see.

    “I was almost sick when the letter arrived one morning telling me the Disability Living Allowance had been cut completely.
    Laura Ripley

    The Take That fan had spent the whole of her life "eating herself to death" until four years ago her 30-stone mum died and she decided to diet.

    And after dropping from 38-stone to 22-stone with the help of an NHS-funded gastric bypass she was well on her way to achieving her goal of slimming into a pair of size 12 jeans.

    Until this month when benefit bosses decided to scrap her £340 disability allowance on the grounds she is no longer fat enough to claim.

    Laura, 25, claims it is a decision that could see her pile weight back on because with hand-outs of £600 a month left, she says she can't afford to eat healthily.

    Speaking from the two-bed flat she shares with her new boyfriend, unemployed chef Simon Hawkins, 28, Laura admits she has already gained a stone in weight since she lost the right to the extra money.

    She said: "It's been a matter of weeks and I'm already nearly a stone heavier from all the junk I've had to eat.

    "I can't afford WeightWatchers crisps and healthy cereal bars anymore so instead I have to go for cheap chocolate and packets of fatty Space Invaders.

    "I've also had to cancel my gym membership and instead of healthy salads for my evening meal, we have cheaper dinners like toad in the hole.

    "My daily calorie count has gone from 1,200 a day to 2,500. It's just not fair."

    Laura, of St Leonards, is no stranger to junk food.

    At 12 years old Laura was already weighing in at 15 stone after a childhood spent splashing out on cakes and sweets.

    By the age of 20 she was morbidly obese at 38-stone.

    Too heavy to ever have worked after leaving school, she became a recluse until her mum died suddenly on Christmas Eve 2005.

    It was the kick start she was in desperate need of, and two days later made the call to her GP that changed her life.

    Forced to lose weight in the lead up to the gastric bypass op, Laura managed to shed eight-and-a-half-stone in 18 months before going under the knife in June 2007.

    She said: “I was almost sick when the letter arrived one morning telling me the Disability Living Allowance had been cut completely.

    "That was the money I used to pay for the gym, pay for healthy food and have my hair highlighted.

    "Without it I'm left with the £200 incapacity benefit and the £100 income support I receive every two weeks and out of that I have to give them back about £70 towards the cost of the £500-a-month flat I'm living in. It's ridiculous."

    As well as Laura's handouts, her boyfriend Simon, an unemployed pub chef who moved in to her flat from his home in Manchester after meeting her online a year ago, also survives solely on government hand outs.

    In fact it is their coupling that Laura claims is behind the decision to cut off the £4,080-a-year payments - a move she is about to launch her second appeal against.

    well she has to make some excuse for the wieght gain ;-)

    what a cow healthy food is cheaper

    :-( so this is what my parent works their ass of to fund through their taxes and what I look forward to funding after uni.

    Answer - get off you fat ass and work for a living and since when was salad expensive?

    tinkerbell28;5902655

    Becareful all you budding HUKD relationships, this could be your own … Becareful all you budding HUKD relationships, this could be your own vision of the future ^^:p



    LOL!

    cbryanp;5902657

    :-( so this is what my parent works their ass of to fun through their … :-( so this is what my parent works their ass of to fun through their taxes and what I look forward to funding after uni.Answer - get off you fat ass and work for a living and since when was salad expensive?



    +10000000

    i plan of moveing to the US when i graduate

    Banned

    I wouldn't.

    But I know a few virgins around her that would.

    Ooh hi models and footballers! :thumbsup:

    Laura Ripley had more reasons than most to celebrate her 25th birthday … Laura Ripley had more reasons than most to celebrate her 25th birthday this year as it was a milestone doctors told her she would never see.



    Holy crap, thought she was gonna be in her 40's, or maybe as old as Starsparkle

    Balsamic Vinegar Kettle Chips and a Crunchy Dairy Milk........hey, wait a minute!

    starsparkle2311;5902949

    why you little.......................:p



    She's moaning and they're actually pretty decent crisps and chocolate, all things considered...



    Hey SS, saw that minisite for the new Pegg/Frost movie 'Paul' the other week, sounds like it'll be fun. Fancy a Spacedathon soon, not watched it in a couple of years atleast

    starsparkle2311;5903002

    Yeh, I've been watching the 'Paul' blogs, looks goodGot Spaced playing … Yeh, I've been watching the 'Paul' blogs, looks goodGot Spaced playing right now,lol, I'm bored, it's great, what can I say?Hope you're well Robtallica, nice to see you :thumbsup::)



    Don't go getting all mushy on me!

    Yh, not been on much this year, loads of new faces I don't know - few who I can't stand(like you) still around:p

    I went thru a phase where I watched Spaced every couple of weeks for like 5 years. Was a bit like a sandwhich toaster. Put it away, and I didn't miss it.

    starsparkle2311;5903074

    [email protected] sandwich toaster, you know why too, nice one!!!I go through phases … [email protected] sandwich toaster, you know why too, nice one!!!I go through phases of watching it myself.Not getting mushy, but it is nice to see you again:)loads of new faces yeh, but it's all the same, same old threads, same old banter, same old arguments, nothing changes.........



    Yh I know, mostly a keyboard warriors' battlefield on "the misc"- kinda like a subtle blend of lateral thinking and extreme violence, a bit like It's a Knockout.

    I best be off, I'll grab my copy of FHM (with Gillian Anderson on the cover) on my way to bed! Take care

    Banned

    Unbelieveable indeed!

    The worst part is that its cheaper to eat healthier than choc bars and kettle crisps. She's not even eating cheap versions of those either lol

    Maybe she should get her unemployed chef boyfriend to get off his fat @rse and cook something!

    This was the worst part for me.

    "That was the money I used to pay for the gym, pay for healthy food and have my hair highlighted. "

    What has this country come to when people can scrounge enough money to sit around pigging out on cereal bars and shop bought salad dishes and going to the gym!

    Most working people havent got enough free to pay for gym membership. I doubt its ever crossed her mind that she is a scrounger and that maybe she should get a job like most other people do! has she no self-respect?

    She disgusts me and all like her!

    Banned

    Whats missing from the article is that she also had a personal trainer! Video here:-

    bbc.co.uk/sou…tml

    Some amusing comments on the original article :-

    theargus.co.uk/new…isp
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