2/17/10

Let's Talk About TED

It will take about 20 mins of your time and Jamie Oliver may annoy the crap out of you, but it's worth the look.
He gives a great TED talk about fighting obesity in children and teaching them about REAL FOOD!
His wish is simple. He wants to "help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity." Simple concepts. Simple initiative. Why aren't we doing it?
Watch. Absorb. Think. Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments.

4 comments:

Maria said...

I loved Jamie's talk - not so much because it was something new or groundbreaking - but because he is clearly so passionate about reforming the way we think about food.

For me, this line from the start of the talk really hit it home: "I profoundly believe that the power of food has a primal place in our homes - that binds us to the best bits of life."

I appreciate that he defines the problem as more than nutrition and basic unawareness about calories in-calories out (as with so many healthy-eating educators). He takes issue with the very experience of eating in America. That's what he wants to fix.

marie said...

EXACTLY! And that's what struck me watching it. The keys to my success have truly been bringing it home & before I even watched this, I had a conversation with a coworker about how anal I am about having to eat & cook at home so that I have meals prepared & I know what I'm eating.

But the kids being unable to recognize vegetables absolutely floored me.

Fab Kate said...

when I posted this a while back, I got a lot of people really hating on Jamie. I think sometimes we just don't want to hear it. I think his approach is sane and sensible... and I understand that "it takes a village"

Childhood obesity is a big issue, and one that a lot of people want to sweep under the rug to avoid feelings of guilt. The problem is that the entire society is guilty of promoting obesity, not just parents having (for whatever reason) poor foods at home.

Remember, poor kids eat two meals a day in schools. IF these kids don't know what vegetables are, doesn't that make the school 2/3 responsible?

anna said...

i love jamie oliver. i think most people are afraid of the truth. they are afraid of change. the american lifestyle is not conducive to healthy eating because it takes TIME and care and knowledge. it's just plain sad. i love what jamie is doing. i wish more people would accept that there is a problem. thank you jamie for trying to help US!

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