Food Revolution host, Jamie Oliver, on the Obesity Crisis in America

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I’ve got a very busy week and don’t have much time to devote to Physical Living, but I did want to post this excellent presentation by Jamie Oliver about his Food Revolution. You’ll certainly be hearing more about this guy in the future.

Jamie Oliver’s TED award speech

Thoughts – comments?

Most importantly, what are you going to do now that you’ve watched this? Or, what have you already done?

16 Responses

  1. More about him?! The guy is ubiquitous in the UK. He has had a few series of cooking shows on TV. Then he started campaigns to get better food into schools. he is a good guy but very much a “brand” He even has his own magazine in the UK called….”Jamie”:

    • Maybe I’m just severely disconnected from media, but I’ve never heard of him until now. Anything for raising awareness is a plus in my book.

  2. Sorry – I wasn’t trying to be cheeky John. It is just that I think Jamie Oliver has been a bit overexposed in the media in the UK. He is very English though and I’m surprised that he is making the shift to the states. He is trying to get real food into schools which is great so I support him in that.

  3. John Paul Tan

    I saw a few sneak peaks for Jamie’s Food Revolution and it is very disturbing and alarming. What really bothers me is the amount of backlash Jamie gets from the Virginia town he is trying to change. It seems people won’t bother exerting effort to change their lifestyle even to save themselves. You think people will change when they start dying but it seems it is already an accepted fate for most.

    Here in Canada, the Winter Olympics just concluded. It really makes me laugh because Mcdonalds had been bombarding the airwaves with commercials of Canadian Gold Medalists athletes eating Mcdonalds. Who are they kidding? Athletes eating Mcdonalds and winning gold medals, Mcdonalds should stop bullshitting people.

    • I also just heard that McDonald’s is teaming up with Weight Watchers for a joint venture. When will the madness ever end…

      • John Paul Tan

        Hi John

        Have you seen the latest bullshit? This time it is coming from the American Association of Beverages. These soft drink companies are talking about how they are doing their part to help the country’s health. Who are they kidding? Not only that, they are even attacking that Philadelphia mayor who is trying to tax soft drinks. These soft drinks association is even bragging about how they new soft drinks will be a healthier choice for America’s schools. It is madness if people will actually fall for it.

  4. John,

    Thanks for sharing this here. Really inspiring.


  5. Cheryl Malone

    I listened to what this guy had to say (I never heard of him, either) and on one hand I am glad to see that people are talking about this but this problem goes deep into the fabric of our culture. The U.S. lifestyle is far too fast and it seems to be driving people mad. The greed for more profit keeps the manufacturers of foods to not care what is happening to people who eat these foods and yes; I agree each person can say no to the bad foods. People no longer are connected to one another; except through food. Children are rewarded with fast food,candy and soda. Sugar, grease, salt are addictive; the more one eats, the more they want. I don’t know what the answer is.

    • It is overwhelming, Cheryl, and there certainly isn’t a cut and dried solution either. All that I know to do is to share my love for good, wholesome food with others.

  6. I’m am sort of relieved that famed people care to combat obesity but it’s good and bad (depending if they are speaking for a company, more on this below)

    I’m all for anything/anyone that motivated Americans to get outside and eat better but before they walk they need to crawl through information that people like you provide on proper diet, exercise etc. I can imagine people falling to the ploy of companies making their own programs like General Mill’s Smart Choice or Kraft Oreos- made with wheat (wheat! must be healthy right?)

    I assume Internet access is so common, I wish Americans ‘googled’ to find solid information on proper nutrition and exercise and not to get sucked into fitness myths.

    Bah Humbug- I can’t think of a solution to slim down an entire country- it has to start with one person then to the next.

  7. Renee and I just watched this last night. While I don’t know what the solution is, I don’t think what he is suggesting is going to work. Our society is so screwed-up in it’s priorities that I don’t see this problem going away any time soon. There is way too much money at stake, from the food industry right on through to the medical business. A healthy society would mean that a whole lot of businesses would be earning less money. The only thing harder than getting someone to change their diet is convincing a business to earn less money for the betterment of society.

  8. I totally agree with this guy. Too bad it took someone from another country to shock us. We are feeding ourselves and children a bunch of crap and embalming fluid and calling it nutrition. Did you know white bread has 27 nutrients romoved then a few added and it’s called enriched!!!! I want to join this guys team. I applaud him and the one family that buried the deep fryer.

  9. here in Philippines, obesity is also becoming a problem. More and more children are getting obese due to a lifestyle that is not fully of physical activities. most kids just wants to watch TV, play computer games and surf the net.

  10. more people are becoming obese these days because of too much junk food and too much sugar in snacks and fast foods.’

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