British superstar chef Jamie Oliver has launched his biggest campaign ever – a global petition to persuade the Governments of the G20 countries to provide their nations’ children with the basic “human right” of food education in schools.
Launching the petition, Jamie said: «I’ve been campaigning in different countries for a while now and we’ve begun to see real change in some countries with cooking lessons in schools but now I’m taking it global. According to the World Health Organisation, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese around the world in 2013 and, worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. These figures are shocking and we need everyone – governments, businesses, families – to do something about it. Obesity more often than not leads to diet-related diseases like type-2 diabetes which can increase the risk of developing a number of serious health problems and decrease the life expectancy of many people. But obesity is preventable and I believe that by educating our children about food and where it comes from and how to cook it and how to shop, we can turn the tide on the obesity epidemic that affects most of the world in 2015».