The number of adults in Britain who are receiving sickness benefits as they are too obese to work has doubled in three years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Mirror report:

More than 7,000 adults in Britain are being paid sickness benefits because they are too fat to work.

The taxpayers’ bill for their welfare payments came to more than £28million last year, shock figures reveal today.

The Department for Work and Pensions statistics show the total number of obesity claims has doubled in three years to 7,080.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.