The new reality show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution that airs on ABC Fridays at 8pm ET has quickly become one of my favorites. The show, produced by Ryan Seacrest, follows Jamie Oliver, chef and TV personality, as he is sparking a battle against childhood obesity and the unhealthy food in schools around the country. He entered a school in what the CDC says is “the most obese city in the U.S.” trying to change the way school meals are made and also is working with a local family to change their eating habits.
Currently I’m pursuing my master’s degree in public health and we’re discussing nutrition and health education so the topic is right up my alley and something I’m passionate about. I like how celebrities like Seacrest and Oliver are behind the show which makes it more appealing to the wider public than if it were just a news report or documentary, and I definitely reccommend the show for anyone to watch.
Check out a clip from the show below:
Oliver did a similar show in Britain and was able to change the way schools there serve lunch – with less processed foods and more natural and fresh foods. Having seen some promos for the show on CNN and Oprah and seeing many people “tweet” about how they found show was enlightening I think it’s a great way to make the public aware of what really goes into our food. For example tonight Oliver showed how chicken nuggets were really made and the children he was demonstrating to screamed, “Ewwww!” Then when he asked who still wanted to eat them they all raised their hands and when asked why said because they were hungry. Changing the children’s perceptions may take time but a show like this is a step in the right direction.
Here’s a link to the Food Revolution website if you want to catch the first episode: http://abc.go.com/watch/jamie-olivers-food-revolution/250784/254757/episode-101
Click here to sign Jamie Olivers healthy food in schools petition that he will be presenting to the President.