The world is today (15 May) being invited to support Food Revolution Day as Jamie Oliver launches this year’s campaign to fight for “food education for every child”.
The campaign features a global petition which asks the governments of all G20 countries to make food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum in a bid to tackle the obesity crisis. It has already been supported by over 1.2 million people, with famous signatories including Usain Bolt and Kylie Minogue.
Oliver said: “I urgently need your help to make a real difference. We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.
“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.”
The celebrity chef has enlisted help from the likes of Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and Hugh Jackman to produce a song for the campaign to help “create a movement powerful enough to force all G20 governments to take action”.
The campaign lists obesity as one of the three biggest social burdens created by humans along with smoking and armed violence. It estimates that the disease costs $2 trillion globally each year.
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