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  • Sadly,

  • in the next 18 minutes when I do our chat,

  • four Americans that are alive

  • will be dead through the food that they eat.

  • My name's Jamie Oliver.

  • I'm 34 years old.

  • I'm from Essex in England

  • and for the last seven years

  • I've worked fairly tirelessly to save lives in my own way.

  • I'm not a doctor;

  • I'm a chef,

  • I don't have expensive equipment

  • or medicine.

  • I use information, education.

  • I profoundly believe that the power of food

  • has a primal place in our homes

  • that binds us to the best bits of life.

  • We have an awful, awful reality right now.

  • America, you're at the top of your game.

  • This is one of the most unhealthy countries in the world.

  • Can I please just see a raise of hands

  • for how many of you have children in this room today?

  • Put your hands up.

  • You can continue to put your hands up, aunties and uncles as well.

  • Most of you. OK.

  • We, the adults of the last four generations,

  • have blessed our children with the destiny

  • of a shorter lifespan than their own parents.

  • Your child will live a life ten years younger than you

  • because of the landscape of food that we've built around them.

  • Two-thirds of this room,

  • today, in America, are statistically overweight or obese.

  • You lot, you're all right,

  • but we'll get you eventually, don't worry.

  • (Laughter)

  • The statistics of bad health are clear,

  • very clear.

  • We spend our lives being paranoid about death, murder, homicide,

  • you name it; it's on the front page of every paper, CNN.

  • Look at homicide at the bottom, for God's sake.

  • Right?

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • Every single one of those in the red is a diet-related disease.

  • Any doctor, any specialist will tell you that.

  • Fact: diet-related disease is the biggest killer

  • in the United States, right now, here today.

  • This is a global problem.

  • It's a catastrophe.

  • It's sweeping the world.

  • England is right behind you, as usual.

  • (Laughter)

  • I know they were close, but not that close.

  • We need a revolution.

  • Mexico, Australia, Germany,

  • India, China,

  • all have massive problems of obesity and bad health.

  • Think about smoking.

  • It costs way less than obesity now.

  • Obesity costs you Americans 10 percent of your health-care bills,

  • 150 billion dollars a year.

  • In 10 years, it's set to double:

  • 300 billion dollars a year.

  • Let's be honest, guys, you haven't got that cash.

  • (Laughter)

  • I came here to start a food revolution that I so profoundly believe in.

  • We need it. The time is now.

  • We're in a tipping-point moment.

  • I've been doing this for seven years.

  • I've been trying in America for seven years.

  • Now is the time when it's ripe -- ripe for the picking.

  • I went to the eye of the storm.

  • I went to West Virginia, the most unhealthy state in America.

  • Or it was last year.

  • We've got a new one this year, but we'll work on that next season.

  • (Laughter)

  • Huntington, West Virginia. Beautiful town.

  • I wanted to put heart and soul and people,

  • your public,

  • around the statistics that we've become so used to.

  • I want to introduce you to some of the people that I care about:

  • your public, your children.

  • I want to show a picture of my friend Brittany.

  • She's 16 years old.

  • She's got six years to live

  • because of the food that she's eaten.

  • She's the third generation of Americans

  • that hasn't grown up within a food environment

  • where they've been taught to cook at home or in school,

  • or her mom, or her mom's mom.

  • She has six years to live.

  • She's eating her liver to death.

  • Stacy, the Edwards family.

  • This is a normal family, guys.

  • Stacy does her best, but she's third-generation as well;

  • she was never taught to cook at home or at school.

  • The family's obese.

  • Justin here, 12 years old, he's 350 pounds.

  • He gets bullied, for God's sake.

  • The daughter there, Katie, she's four years old.

  • She's obese before she even gets to primary school.

  • Marissa, she's all right, she's one of your lot.

  • But you know what?

  • Her father, who was obese, died in her arms,

  • And then the second most important man in her life,

  • her uncle, died of obesity,

  • and now her step-dad is obese.

  • You see, the thing is,

  • obesity and diet-related disease

  • doesn't just hurt the people that have it;

  • it's all of their friends, families, brothers, sisters.

  • Pastor Steve:

  • an inspirational man,

  • one of my early allies in Huntington, West Virginia.

  • He's at the sharp knife-edge of this problem.

  • He has to bury the people, OK?

  • And he's fed up with it.

  • He's fed up with burying his friends, his family, his community.

  • Come winter, three times as many people die.

  • He's sick of it.

  • This is preventable disease. Waste of life.

  • By the way, this is what they get buried in.

  • We're not geared up to do this.

  • Can't even get them out the door, and I'm being serious.

  • Can't even get them there. Forklift.

  • OK, I see it as a triangle, OK?

  • This is our landscape of food.

  • I need you to understand it.

  • You've probably heard all this before.

  • Over the last 30 years,

  • what's happened that's ripped the heart out of this country?

  • Let's be frank and honest.

  • Well, modern-day life.

  • Let's start with the Main Street.

  • Fast food has taken over the whole country; we know that.

  • The big brands are some of the most important powers,

  • powerful powers, in this country.

  • (Sighs)

  • Supermarkets as well.

  • Big companies. Big companies.

  • Thirty years ago, most of the food

  • was largely local and largely fresh.

  • Now it's largely processed and full of all sorts of additives,

  • extra ingredients, and you know the rest of the story.

  • Portion size is obviously a massive, massive problem.

  • Labeling is a massive problem.

  • The labeling in this country is a disgrace.

  • The industry wants to self-police themselves.

  • What, in this kind of climate? They don't deserve it.

  • How can you say something is low-fat when it's full of so much sugar?

  • Home.

  • The biggest problem with the home

  • is that used to be the heart of passing on food culture,

  • what made our society.

  • That is not happening anymore.

  • And you know, as we go to work and as life changes,

  • and as life always evolves,

  • we kind of have to look at it holistically --

  • step back for a moment, and re-address the balance.

  • It hasn't happened for 30 years, OK?

  • I want to show you a situation

  • that is very normal right now; the Edwards family.

  • (Video) Jamie Oliver: Let's have a talk.

  • This stuff goes through you and your family's body every week.

  • And I need you to know

  • that this is going to kill your children early.

  • How are you feeling?

  • Stacy: Just feeling really sad and depressed right now.

  • But, you know, I want my kids to succeed in life

  • and this isn't going to get them there.

  • But I'm killing them.

  • JO: Yes you are. You are.

  • But we can stop that.

  • Normal.

  • Let's get on schools,

  • something that I'm fairly much a specialist in.

  • OK, school.

  • What is school? Who invented it? What's the purpose of school?

  • School was always invented to arm us with the tools

  • to make us creative, do wonderful things,

  • make us earn a living, etc., etc.

  • You know, it's been kind of in this sort of tight box for a long, long time, OK?

  • But we haven't really evolved it

  • to deal with the health catastrophes of America, OK?

  • School food is something

  • that most kids -- 31 million a day, actually --

  • have twice a day, more than often, breakfast and lunch,

  • 180 days of the year.

  • So you could say that school food is quite important, really,

  • judging the circumstances.

  • (Laughter)

  • Before I crack into my rant,

  • which I'm sure you're waiting for --

  • (Laughter)

  • I need to say one thing, and it's so important

  • in, hopefully, the magic that happens and unfolds

  • in the next three months.

  • The lunch ladies, the lunch cooks of America --

  • I offer myself as their ambassador.

  • I'm not slagging them off.

  • They're doing the best they can do.

  • They're doing their best.

  • But they're doing what they're told,

  • and what they're being told to do is wrong.

  • The system is highly run by accountants;

  • there's not enough, or any, food-knowledgeable people in the business.

  • There's a problem:

  • If you're not a food expert, and you've got tight budgets

  • and it's getting tighter, then you can't be creative,

  • you can't duck and dive and write different things around things.

  • If you're an accountant, and a box-ticker,

  • the only thing you can do in these circumstances

  • is buy cheaper shit.

  • Now, the reality is,

  • the food that your kids get every day is fast food,

  • it's highly processed,

  • there's not enough fresh food in there at all.

  • You know, the amount of additives, E numbers,

  • ingredients you wouldn't believe --

  • there's not enough veggies at all.

  • French fries are considered a vegetable.

  • Pizza for breakfast. They don't even get crockery.

  • Knives and forks? No, they're too dangerous.

  • They have scissors in the classroom,

  • but knives and forks? No.

  • And the way I look at it is:

  • If you don't have knives and forks in your school,

  • you're purely endorsing,

  • from a state level, fast food, because it's handheld.

  • And yes, by the way, it is fast food:

  • It's sloppy Joes, it's burgers,

  • it's wieners, it's pizzas, it's all of that stuff.

  • (Sighs)

  • Ten percent of what we spend on health care, as I said earlier,

  • is on obesity, and it's going to double.

  • We're not teaching our kids.

  • There's no statutory right to teach kids about food,

  • elementary or secondary school, OK?

  • We don't teach kids about food, right?

  • And this is a little clip from an elementary school,

  • which is very common in England.

  • (Video) Who knows what this is?

  • Child: Potatoes.

  • Jamie Oliver: Potato? So, you think these are potatoes?

  • Do you know what that is?

  • Do you know what that is?

  • Child: Broccoli?

  • JO: What about this? Our good old friend.

  • Child: Celery.

  • JO: No. What do you think this is?

  • Child: Onion. JO: Onion? No.

  • JO: Immediately you get a really clear sense

  • of "Do the kids know anything about where food comes from?"

  • Who knows what that is? Child: Uh, pear?

  • JO: What do you think this is? Child: I don't know.

  • JO: If the kids don't know what stuff is,

  • then they will never eat it.

  • (Laughter)

  • JO: Normal. England and America,

  • England and America.

  • Guess what fixed that.

  • Two one-hour sessions.

  • We've got to start teaching our kids about food in schools, period.