In Britain, 100,000 people each year, with the number steadily on the increase, claim benefits on the basis that their obesity or drug and alcohol problems are keeping them from regular employment.
Unlike many other illnesses and diseases, obesity is one that is not only preventable, but also treatable. However, the motivation for many people to seek treatment is not always a big factor in their lives, and it can be easier to just go on benefits. Although different forms of treatment are currently offered, there is no legal requirement for people to accept this, and many choose not to as overcoming obesity or addiction involves hard work and effort on their part.
Because of this, David Cameron has announced that he plans to implement a new policy, where those who suffer from obesity or drug or alcohol addiction must seek help for their condition if they want to keep receiving benefits. He believes that this will provide them with the motivation to change their lives and be able to work full-time.
This change will mean that Cameron will be cutting £500 million from the welfare budget, no longer having to provide the £100 a week to the 100,000 Britons with these conditions. A large number of those people will be forced to seek treatment, which could result in a better quality of life for them. Not only will their health improve dramatically, but they will also be regularly engaged in employment, something that is crucial for an individual to feel more of a sense of belonging in society.