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Revolution for a healthier diet

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21 January 2016

Revolution for a healthier diet

People have, should and can eat better. For Jamie Oliver, we must urgently find ways in which authorities from all over the world can recognise and address the alarming figures: over 42 million children under the age of 5 are overweight or obese in the world.

Forty-two million children under 5 are overweight or directly obese. Children around the world are beginning to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, when it was something that people usually suffered after the age of 40. On 20th January 2016, the European Commission tried to pass a law proposing an increase in minimum levels of sugar in baby food to 30% compared to the 10% that the World Health Organisation (WHO) advises.The European Parliament voted against this increase, requesting a review of the law.

While the laws are still compromising, the chef Jamie Oliver has no hesitation in highlighting what he sees as a case of collective deviation that must be stopped. "The future starts with education. I believe that it's a child's human right to be taught how to grow and cook fresh, nutritious food at school. Together we can force governments around the world to stop ignoring this issue", insisted the English chef, one of the most influential in the world, who uses his huge media influence to carry out activism at all levels.

With a dozen books published, more than 15 TV shows, a YouTube channel with over one and a half million followers and several restaurants, he is currently focusing his struggle on the United States, as the country with the highest rate of child obesity.

His initiatives include Food Revolution Day, a campaign aiming to promote adding cookery as a subject on the curriculum in US schools. Last year, via the Change.org collected the signatures of over one and a half million people who agreed to sign the text that it addressed to the G20 governments advocating "mandatory food education in schools around the world as a solution to the global obesity epidemic". The initiative also outlines the 14th May as International Food Day. Among its tools, the powerful video made by Oliver with the support of celebrities and personalities worldwide