Jamie Oliver: Obesity is More Harmful to British People Than ISIS

jamie-oliverCelebrity chef Jamie Oliver is going on the attack against Theresa May for her efforts, or lack thereof in fighting childhood obesity. In an episode of Dispatches, which airs tonight in the UK, Oliver speaks out about Britain’s obesity epidemic while criticizing May for not acting on former Prime Minister David Cameron‘s pledge to help make children healthier. According to The Independent, in the UK one third of children are overweight or obese by the time they’re 11 years old.

Cameron took action during his second term. He outlined a plan that would decrease childhood obesity by half over the course of the next ten years. The issue is dear to Oliver, and he compares the obesity fight to “war,” saying “If you are worried about the thing that hurts British people the most, it ain’t ISIS, right?”

“Obesity is killing huge amounts of people, well before their time,” he continues.

The episode of Dispatches will investigate why the UK’s government isn’t doing more, and why they’ve “diluted” Cameron’s original plan. Oliver says of the new proposal, “there’s hardly any action.” He also criticizes the way it was released. “When you look at how the plan came out at midnight… while the whole of government’s on holiday, it absolutely screams out, ‘we don’t care.'”

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