Today Is Food Revolution Day
Jamie Oliver is calling on us to pressure G20 governments to recognize and address the issue of child obesity.
Jamie Oliver Launches a Petition for Food Revolution Day 2015
I’ve mentioned Jamie Oliver before. He did an impressive Ted talk to educate us on the dangers of sugar, particularly sugar fed to children in schools. Now he’s launched a petition in honor of Food Revolution Day, May 15 2015. It’s been shared on social media more than 26 million times. More than 1.3 million supporters have signed the petition so far, making it clear that obesity in children is a widespread concern.
Child Obesity Needs to Be Addressed
His plan is to force major governments across the world to commit to food education, teaching children how to grow and cook fresh nutritious food. He believes learning to eat healthily should be part of every school curriculum, because we’re facing a global obesity epidemic. Across the world, 42 million children under the age of five are either overweight or obese.
Child obesity has become a huge and tragic issue. And it’s getting worse: since 1980, the number of overweight children and teens in America has tripled.
Children as young as eight years old are being diagnosed with type II diabetes. Traditionally, this has been a disease for people over the age of 40.
“It’s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. I passionately believe this is every child’s human right and I hope you agree.”
– Jamie Oliver
For the first time, the next generation is doomed to live shorter lives than their parents, unless we change the way we feed and educate them.
There’s Even a Song for Food Revolution Day
Written by Ed Sheeran and performed by incredibly talented artists which include Sir Paul McCartney, Alesha Dixon, Jazzie B, Professor Green, Jamie Cullum, George The Poet, Us The Duo, Che’nelle, DJ MK, Mr Hudson, The London Youth Choir and even Hugh Jackman – here it is!
I’ve seen video of Jamie Oliver working in schools before, showing young children vegetables to see whether they recognize them. It’s frightening when children don’t recognize common vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, onions, or lettuce. It’s more understandable with more rare vegetables such as eggplant or artichokes, but that’s not what we see.
Childhood Obesity Begins At Home
He’s also spoken out before, begging parents to teach children 10 recipes made from scratch before they leave home as adults. Of course, part of the challenge is that sometimes even the parents have no cooking skills. Food is bought process and pre-prepared because they have no knowledge of how to prepare a fresh and healthy meal.
The ability to cook not only allows an individual to use fresh, wholesome ingredients. It also frees them financially, since in many places processed food costs more. Even when parents have the skills and ability to feed their children in a healthy way, school programs providing meals laden with sugar and chemicals can make keeping children healthy more difficult.
The Cost Of Child Obesity Is Immense
There’s been lots of research that shows that childhood nutritional deficiencies lead to severe consequences in adulthood. There are also consequences to a child’s ability to learn and retain information when they are not properly nourished. Even if we look only at healthcare costs related to obesity, we’d be talking about a two TRILLION dollar issue, worldwide.
Jamie Oliver’s solution is to teach every child how to grow and cook fresh nutritious food at school. It’s tragic that diet-related disease kills more people than it ever has in history, because it’s completely preventable. Please consider signing the petition and sharing this article with the tag #FoodRevolutionDay. Thanks!