I am super excited about a new TV series on ABC called "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" the first episode airs on Friday March 26 at 9pm. Click Here to watch the trailer.
In the series, Jamie goes to Huntington, West Virginia. Recently Huntington was named the unhealthiest city in America. He is on a mission to try and help Huntington off that list. In doing this he is hoping to start a chain reaction that ultimately makes positive changes across the country. Needless to say he meets resistance in Huntington from locals who disagree with him. But is also welcomed by some of the young population.
Jamie says, "The time is right for people to rediscover the sense of pride, satisfaction and fun you can get from cooking for the people you love. There's an incredible community in Huntington, and I want this experience to be a celebration of what we can achieve when people come together. I want to prove that turning around the epidemic of obesity and bad health doesn't have to be boring or dull in the slightest. Wonderful stories will unfold in Huntington, and hopefully this will inspire the rest of the States."
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Below I have copied some facts from Jamie's webpage. It is a harsh reality.
Obesity and Overweight
• Two-thirds of American adults weigh too much.
• More than 27% are obese. That’s 72 million people. In the worst states, Mississippi, Alabama, West
Virginia and Tennessee, that figure rises to over 30%.
• If rates continue to rise, in just five years’ time, by 2015, 40% of Americans will be obese.
• Obese people suffer from poore health including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
• Obesity accounts for nearly 10% of all medical costs this amounts to $14 billion annually.
• Healthcare costs are 42% higher for someone who is obese - that’s over $1,400 each.
• Medicare spends $600 more on prescription drugs for an obese person.
• Nearly one in three (32%, 23 million) American children are obese or overweight.
• In total, 17% of kids of all ages are obese, but this rises to over 25% in all but three states for kids
• Most obese children (over 80%) will also be obese as adults.
• Today’s generation of children are predicted to be the first to die before their parents, due to
obesity-related bad health.
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