Cry Baby of the Week


Some people really lack self awareness of their situation.

Take Blenheim man Kevin Williams who at 51 years of age weighs 230kgs and is blaming the government for his predicament and his lack of suitable housing.

He has run off to the Media Party for a bit of shaming.

Blenheim man Kevin Williams is 51 years old and living in a rest home.

He was forced into a home four years ago after his weight shot up to 300 kilograms and he developed type two diabetes.

He was no longer able to care for himself and had to start using a mobility scooter.

Shot up? Like overnight? That is some impressive eating to get yourself to 300kgs. But it wasn’t his fault you know…it was the takeaways…leaping out of the shop and into his gaping maw.   

Williams moved into a retirement home in Christchurch after his health deteriorated in 2011.

He had type two diabetes and weighed close to 300 kilograms at his heaviest. He also suffered from the lingering effects of a spinal injury that he suffered working in forestry as a 17-year-old.

Williams was hitting his medical alarm two to three times per week before he moved into a retirement home.

His doctor told him he needed to make some drastic changes to the way he was living.

“If I didn’t get my diabetes under control, he said I wouldn’t be around for much longer.”

Four years down the track Williams had lost close to 70kg by making changes to his diet and cutting out takeaways.

He said a retirement home was a good place to be when he was unwell, but not now that he felt healthy enough to live independently.

The lingering effects of his spinal injury are exacerbated  by his immense self induced fatness. You don’t balloon to 300kgs, you get there by a steady ingestion of more food than your body uses for energy.

Williams, who worked as a truck driver for 35 years, took trips into town on his mobility scooter to take photographs of passing trucks.

He would like to be able to invite his truck driving friends over for a chat, but it proved difficult living in a retirement home.

“They say they can’t really pull in and take up half a dozen car parks.

“If I had my own place they could pull up and have a cup of coffee or lunch.”

Williams gave up truck driving five years ago because of his health.

“I loved it. I miss being out on the road.

“It was just the freedom, being up high in the air, higher than the cars, and meeting new people.”

Williams planned to get a handheld radio so he could talk with his truck driving friends while they were on the road and catch up on their news.

Lose some weight, get mobile and get a job instead of playing victim and expecting the government to look after you. He is able to be employed, if he only controlled his eating habits he would have a job, money and be able to stand on his own two feet…without collapsing his arches.

His problems are solvable but he has run to the Media Party, blamed the government for his housing issues when absolutely everything about his crappy life can be sheeted home to his inability to stop pouring vast quantities of food down his gob.

He should stop crying and get moving. He is the poster child for a fat bastard tax.

Kevin Williams is our Cry Baby of the Week.


– Fairfax


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