Healthy living * Weight loss

Couch potato wanted for £24,000/year job

Zone default image Get paid to sit at home and eat

A diet pills company has placed adverts in UK job centres advertising for professional couch potatoes.

The ideal candidates for the "job" should be prepared to eat an extra 400 calories a day in order to test the company's weight loss product.

The advert states: "We know it's incredible, but it's true. We are willing to pay you £23,750 a year to continue doing EXACTLY what you do every single day, and all we ask in return is that you eat 16% more calories a week - or approximately 400 more calories a day – whilst introducing the fat binder Proactol into your diet."

As UK guidelines recommend the average adult man should eat around 2,500 calories per day, the extra 400 daily calories would be the equivalent to eating an extra day's food each week.

Women are advised to eat around 2,000 calories a day.

The company advises that the extra calories could be achieved "by eating fatty foods such as Chinese takeaways, fish and chips, pizza or McDonald's."

"We are looking to hire the ultimate average Joe who isn't afraid to eat more and become a professional couch potato for a living.

"Every day will feel like a holiday in this job," it continues.

The successful candidates will help the company's medical team learn about the health benefits associated with the weight loss product.

The company also states on its website that candidates should not already be on a diet and be eating a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

This article was published on Mon 15 March 2010

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