A couple who have a combined weight of 54 stone and claim £2,000 a month in benefits have checked into a boot camp following a backlash over their lifestyle. Thirty-one stone Stephen Beer, 45, and 23st wife Michelle, 43, live off benefits of £2,000 a month and paid for their £3,000 wedding day with handouts. Stephen and Michelle claim they are too big to find a job and rely on help from carers day-to-day. The couple receive Disability Living Allowance because they have metabolic disease - the medical term for a combination of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. But the backlash after their appearance on a Channel 5 documentary - including a lashing on Twitter from Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesely - has prompted the couple, of Plymouth, into taking action, The Sun reports. They are now set to begin a two-week residential course including gym work and hikes to try to lose three stone each. They will also learn how to eat more healthily and how to shop for and cook more nutritious food. Mel Loder, who runs the Fat-Off-Fit-On camp, in Battle, East Sussex, said: “If they go back to their old ways it’s their own fault.” CLICK TO PLAY The takeaway-loving pair were filmed planning their wedding for a new Channel 5 documentary about benefit claimants who say their weight prevents them from working. Stephen and his future wife are shown eagerly planning their £3,000 ceremony which included canapes and a buffet provided by their favourite kebab shop, and custom made outfits. The duo, who planned the day from their one-bedroom flat in Plymouth, Devon, paid for the wedding out of housing benefits. They can be seen trying to lose weight before the big day, joining two weight loss courses, in a bid to squeeze into their made-to-measure wedding outfits. (Image: ITN) But, they admitted they were struggling to cut back on the takeaways. Stephen, who loves kebabs, Chinese food and spaghetti Bolognese, said he would like a job ideally "sitting down in a kiosk on the Tamar Bridge" or as Santa Claus in a department store. He confessed that he once had his own cleaning company but, after a stroke in 2008, his eating spiralled out of control while he weighed 27 stone, and he lost his business. The groom said he can no longer stand up for more than a few minutes at a time, and relied on a council carer to get washed and dressed - costing £8,000 of taxpayer's money a year. He can only get around on a specially adapted mobility scooter for the obese. (Image: ITV) Stephen is so big he even struggles to chop vegetables for his favourite pasta dish without becoming out of breath. The documentary, Benefits: Too Fat to Work, shows the couple escorted between the register office and church by a fleet of motorbikes. The wedding came to an abrupt end however as Stephen was taken ill at the reception and rushed to hospital by ambulance. Stephen and Michelle are among 12,000 people who claimed Disability Living Allowance last year. The Department for Work and Pensions statistics show the number of claimants with the condition has more than doubled from around 5,500 five years ago. Can you be too fat to work? 8000+ VOTES SO FAR YES NO Stephen Beer said he was "crying out for help" and did not deserve any of the benefits the Government gave him. In an interview on This Morning he said: "I'm trying to sort myself out, and that's why I've done the programme. "I need help. I'm crying out for help, if someone could give me a kick up the backside and say 'here's the help', I'd take it. "Trouble is the Government is making it easy for people like us, I'm not saying it's their fault but they are making it easy for people who are on benefits. "The confusion comes because they haven't got a clue which benefits apply. "It would be easier if they took it away. I don't think I deserve nothing, I'm the one who put myself in this situation, no one else, I was addicted to food." (Image: ITV) Stephen, who has had two strokes and suffers from Type 2 diabetes, added the reason he took part in the programme was to change stereotypes and show people like him as him wanted to change. "At first when I first wanted to do the documentary it was because there is a lot of prejudice out there about people who are overweight and the trouble is when I've applied for work before with different jobs I've always been turned down. "There are a lot of people out there who are obese and what I was trying to do with the programme was show that ok, I'm overweight, but the trouble is there are some people out there who are overweight but don't want to find work, and there are people out there who are overweight who do want to find work but they have medical issues. "At the end of the day it's my fault that I'm overweight anyway because I'm the one who fed myself." (Image: Channel 5) Stephen and Michelle were married in December and spent £450 ordering kebabs for their guests from their favourite shop. Michelle said: "I've got the will power [to lose weight], I've signed up to a gym in Plymouth, I haven't been for two weeks because he's been in hospital and I'm a carer.