Your child will live a life 10 years shorther than yours

“We, the adults of the last 4 generations, have blessed our children with the destiny of a shorter lifespan than their own parents. Your child will live a life 10 years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them. [...] The statistics of bad health are clear, very clear.” –Jamie Oliver.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” You likely know TED for its speaker series videos. This year’s TED Prize winner, for “one wish to change the world,” is British chef Jamie Oliver. His wish is to reform school cafeterias and teach cooking as a life skill.

“It’s profoundly important that every single American child leave school knowing how to cook 10 recipes that will save their life. Life skills.” –Jamie Oliver

He had a book out last year, Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals. I’ve ordered a copy and will let you know what this non-foodie thinks.


5 Responses to “Your child will live a life 10 years shorther than yours”

  1. LiteralDan says:

    I really hope this catches on, because this phenomenon is palpable, and so tragic. One can only hope that, in a few generations, we’ll look back on this time not as “the beginning of the end” but instead simply as a short period of the opposite extreme to what most of humanity has known through history, and that we can bounce back towards the center and continue improving our lives rather than worsening them.

    I’d say one can only hope, but I suppose one can do more than that, and try to actively work to change things, even if only by starting at home.

    February 16th, 2010 at 9:54 am

  2. bryany says:

    Jamie Oliver is very big here and was really quite successful in changing the foods served in schools in england. he did meet a lot of resistance from parents and even had some parents bringing ‘fast foods’ and unhealthy foods to the school gates to give to the children so they wouldn’t have to eat the healthy food he was serving.
    Mr Oliver also got the government involved and now schools and children are activly encouraged to eat healthy by teachers and even via adverts on the tv and there a government campaign called ‘change4life’

    i am not a foody either but i do like to cook and his recipe books are normally very good

    February 16th, 2010 at 10:25 am

  3. Mathias says:

    He is also well known in Germany. But more for his unconventional cooking show on TV and his cook books. Cooking shows with more or less famous chefs are really popular in Germany and I must confess that I watch one every once in a while.

    February 21st, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  4. jeannie says:

    I graduated high school in 1990 in a very tiny rural Kansas area. K-12 ate in the same lunch room and had at most a total of 400 students. My sophomore or junior year, our history teacher, then a young new guy, was talking about strikes and their importance in changing things that otherwise would not be changed. Unfortunately for him (as nearly lost his job as a result) he failed to mention the part about presenting your demands BEFORE organizing the strike. We as a class were tired of the lousy greasy food that was served to us. Complaints to our parents had gone without results… We wanted healthier and salad bar options! So, in class, we decided that on a certain day, we would all bring our lunch to school. (I’m guessing that the teacher didn’t realize what was to come… ) Of course, as we all had siblings in other grades, the word of our strike spread to the rest of the school. On the appointed day, out of the 400 or so students, only 20 or so ate the school lunch. There was an enormous quantity of food un-used. The kitchen staff was furious to say the least. The poor young teacher was called in to explain himself, he barely kept his job. The food quality sadly did not improve, but it did start a discussion. A few years after we had graduated, the school did get a salad bar. It’s sad that it took such a drastic action to get the ball rolling but our parents and the school were not grasping the depth of the issue. This was over 20 years ago… and apparently, things havn’t gotten much better. Hopefully, in the next 20 years, the schools will lead by example. Oh, and the teacher really was a great teacher and I’m very glad that he kept his job. I’m sure that he’ll never forget our little escapade, I know that I still get a chuckle thinking about it!

    March 1st, 2010 at 9:54 am

  5. Suzanne says:

    wow, I never thought of that. Good for Jamie for bringing this critical information to light.

    March 14th, 2010 at 4:28 pm