Jamie Oliver in food education plea over child obesity levels

Jamie Oliver is launching a global petition calling for all children to be given food education. The TV chef said it was shocking that global obesity has doubled since 1980 and action needs to be taken to tackle the problem.

The petition, which is running on the change.org website, urges the governments of G20 countries to give youngsters practical food education in schools.

Written by Oliver, the petition says: “I urgently need your help to make a real difference. We’re 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.

“So I’m asking that you to do two simple things — first, please sign this petition to show your support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, then, most importantly, share it via your social networks. It’s essential we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently nee to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.”

Oliver said real change was beginning to be seen in some countries with cooking lessons in schools.

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