Jamie Oliver seeks million signatures on obesity petition@SCMP


British television chef Jamie Oliver has set up a global petition fighting for practical food education for every child in the world and needs your help to reach one million signatures. This comes ahead of his annual Food Revolution Day on Friday. Oliver (pictured) plans to take the petition to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Turkey in November and present it to the governments represented there. “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,” says Oliver on his petition page at change.org/jamieoliver.
“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.”
Parents often fail to see their children as obese
Although rates of childhood obesity have risen over the past several decades, a vast majority of parents misperceive their children as “about the right weight”, according to new research led by New York University’s Langone Medical Centre. Published online in the journal Childhood Obesity, the study analysed data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They studied nearly 7,000 children over two time periods, 1988-94 and 2007-12. The children in the second time period were significantly more overweight than the children in the first period.
Parents were asked whether they considered their children, aged two to five years, to be overweight, underweight, or just about the right weight. Nearly all parents of overweight boys from the first period perceived their sons as “about the right weight” (97 per cent), with a very similar result from the second period (95 per cent). About 88 per cent in the first period perceived their daughters as “about the right weight” and 93 per cent in the second period.

Late-night snacking: is it your brain’s fault?

A new study has revealed that images of food, especially high-calorie food, can generate spikes in brain activity, but those neural responses are lower in the evening. And because there’s lower reward-related brain reactivity to food images in the evening, the researchers at Brigham Young University in the US state of Utah suggest this leads people to eat more at night to try to become satisfied. In the study, which appears in Brain Imaging and Behaviour, functional MRIs were used to monitor the brain activity of study subjects while they viewed images of both low- and high-calorie foods.

Source: SCMP

Food Revolution 2015: Annual Global Health & Food Campaign in May


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 2015
Annual Global Health & Food Campaign in May

20 Thousand HK Students involved
Over 30 activities for General Public


In a Nutshell 

1 Sign It Share It Petition

Jamie Oliver launched a global petition to fight for compulsory, practical food education for all children in schools across the world

2 Food Revolution Day Theme Song

Jamie has successfully invited Ed Sheeran, Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Hugh Jackman & Paloma Faith etc. to create a song to celebrate the Food Revolution Day

3 Fight for Food Education

In Hong Kong, the local team has delivered numerous health & food education workshops & talks to over 20 thousand students in 2 years.

4 Food Revolution in Hong Kong

The local team will host 6 public activities, 5 school activities, over 20 food & health, cooking workshops, and offer over 300 free translated recipes as well as shopping discounts to celebrate the 4th Food Revolution Day in 2015.


Food Revolution, a Global Topic

Food is always an important topic for everyone, especially in terms of finding solutions to different problems that constantly emerge. With the opening of Expo Milano last week, forums will be held to discuss food crisis, hunger & obesity, and food sustainability among all the participating countries. According to a report from the United Nations, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year around the world, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese, and 870 million people were still hungry in 2010-2012. We need changes!

In Hong Kong, the local Food Revolution team will be hosting various food-related activities in May to encourage and raise public interest to learn more about food, practice basic cooking techniques and discuss the issue of food waste.

“FRD x Food Hackathon + Experience” takes its inspiration from Expo Milano. Experts from a broad range of sectors such as agriculture, cooking, food education, and food waste are invited to lead discussions on various food issues through food jamming and sharing. Other activities include green markets and free cooking workshops, offering a chance for the public to learn more about our food system.

On the Food Revolution Day (15 May), the team will be visiting a local school, making Jamie Oliver’s “Squash It Sandwich” with 150 school kids, letting them experience the fun of cooking!

Public Activities – Free Admission
Date Time Activity Venue
16-May Sat 1pm-5:30pm FRD x WKND Market
Green Market with Free Workshops
17-May Sun 2:30-5:30pm FRD x Food Hackathon + Experience

Food Jamming & Sharing

Taste Library, PMQ
24-May Sun 1-6pm FRD x { Mamasmart } Green Market

Green Market with Free Workshops

Hong Kong Science Park
Phase 2
30-May Sat 10am-12pm FRD x FoodCycle+
Food Waste Recycling Education Tour
Food Education Centre,
Sheung Shui

School Activities

Date Time Activity Venue No.
9-May Sat 10:30am-
FRD: The SciChef Cooking
Home Management Centre, HK Electric 40
15-May Fri 12-1pm FRD: 150 Students Cooking
St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School 150

According to the World Health Organisation, 42 million children under the age of five were overweight or obese around the world in 2013. Something is seriously wrong with our relationship with food and we need to act now before our health services around the world become overwhelmed by the effects of preventable diet-related disease.  With enough support, we can create a movement that’s powerful enough to force governments everywhere – including yours – to take action in the fight against diet-related diseases.

Full Activity List: https://frd.asia/

Food for thought@The Standard


It’s strange to hear of a chef fighting against food but that is just what Jamie Oliver is doing. The English celebrity chef is not against food per se – just the wrong kind of food.

“Last year was the first time more people died from eating too much of the wrong food than from not having enough food,” he says. That is why he is pushing for people to be more aware of what they are eating. “Food education is at the heart of it.”

The seed of his healthy eating campaign was sown 10 years ago, with Jamie’s School Dinners.

“Ten years ago, six million kids [in Britain] were eating school food from the age of four to 18. Those were bad times. The food was all processed, all low quality. As a parent, that was an upsetting documentary to film,” says the father of four.

The documentary caused much consternation among parents, educators and the British government. Since then, Oliver estimated that standards for school dinners have been raised by 30 percent.

But he is not resting on his laurels. Not content with just changing the food they eat, he wants students to learn more about what they are eating.

He believes that healthy eating is possible from a very young age. “People think that children are born to only eat nuggets but of course they’re not.”

In the Oliver household, there is always something new in the middle of the dining table for the children to try. “Don’t think about what they don’t like, concentrate on what they do like and what they might like,” he advises parents.

Oliver’s own experience working with school kids has shown that children are more willing to experiment especially when they grow the food themselves. Hence, his latest project: Food Revolution. “It’s not controversial. All we are asking for is for our children to learn how to plant a seed and grow their food.”

Last year, the campaign was all about creating awareness of healthy eating but this year, he wants to do more. “We don’t just want a big noise, we also want to have action,” he says,

May 15 has been designated Food Revolution Day. Oliver is urging people all over the globe to sign a petition to show their support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world. “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,” he says.

Oliver is hoping to present the petition to the G20 summit later on in the year.

Source: The Standard