Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver criticizes MP Peter Phelps for claiming that the obesity problem in Australia isn’t true, and explains why Australians need to pay their doctors a visit, whether it’s a GP in Melbourne, a podiatrist in Bankstown, an ob gyne in Sydney.
The British TV host was on tour in Australia as part of his efforts to relaunch his very own Jamie’s Italian restaurant. He is a strong advocate for healthy living, and reacted when the MP criticised the country’s efforts in changing school canteen plans under a strategy to push for healthier meals. He adds that some politicians are not experts on this matter, and as representatives of the public, need to be more accountable with their actions. He says that the very least thing that they could do is to go to a podiatrist in Bankstown, for example– a professional whose job may include “cutting limbs off due to type II diabetes,” according to Oliver. This shows how serious the health risks are when people do not follow a healthy diet.
As a staunch supporter of choosing healthier meals, Oliver has been running Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a community program in Australia that has educated up to 36,000 people about better nutrition since it was established in 2006. He explains that in this year alone, Australia is projected to spend up to $6.5 billion for obesity and diet-related conditions alone.
MP Peter Phelps claimed that the one out of four kids in Australia is overweight– a ratio that has been the same for the last 20 years or so. He explains that there was a slight increase from 5% to 8% in obesity over the years, but this is attributed to the rise of sedentary lifestyle brought about by recreations like gaming. Oliver digresses, explaining that this isn’t the case, as child obesity is a growing concern for the nation. Phelps adds that the working class is tired of middle-class professionals telling them how to raise their kids and that they should look at the true statistics instead. When asked if he is talking about Oliver, he confirms, and says that it applies to all who say the same thing.