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JAMIE OLIVER: THE POWER OF FOOD

March 5, 2010

We will start our next lesson discussing this topic, so I would like you to watch this video and prepare to give your opinion  about the topic.

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  1. sanorga permalink
    March 7, 2010 6:28 pm

    It is a very interesting monologue, an good issuee for discussing. It is probably that here in Spain we have not the same problem, but actually, nowadays our healthy mediterranean diet is changing, and we have to be careful about this. Because it is known there are more and more fat children in our country, and all of us are a bit responsible of this main issue.

  2. CARMEN ORENGO FAYOS permalink
    March 8, 2010 1:59 pm

    This video is very shocking; Jamie Oliver starts saying that “in the next eighteen minutes, four Americans will die due to a diet-related desease” and that we are killing our children because the new generation we have is “the third generation of Americans that hasn´t grown up within a food environment were they´ve been taught to cook at home or in school”. He says things like: “it is a catastrophe, a global problem, it´s sweeping the world”… That is very screamy, isn´t it?
    At first I thought that it was a bit exagerated, too many theatrical and provocative: the way he shows the amount of fat that one family eats in a week put together or the total amount of sugar ingested with the milk in five years that has to be carried with a trolley. But figures don´t cheat and the fact is that obesity costs Americans 10 percent of their health care bills and perhaps is needed a provocative speech to make people take into acount of the problem.
    I entirely agree with the message. Perhaps it is no so dangerous here with our mediterranean diet and our traditional culture around the meal and gastronomy but we have to think that what happens in the States today will happen here tomorrow, or at least so has been in many things until now: we copy them because their culture is in the movies, in the TV series and everywhere…Finally we have to be clever and realize that some things don´t worth to be copied.

  3. amparocala permalink
    March 8, 2010 2:54 pm

    Although his speech is very dramatic the things he says are true. In a consumer society like the american one (and ours also) to dedicate time to cook and to eat is a waste of time and the consequences of this thinking are visible now. I think they are worried about the obesity now because of the amount of money that is costing to the Health system, they have realized that the only way to reduce the costs is educating to the people to learn to cook and to eat properly.

  4. carolmedel permalink
    March 8, 2010 9:31 pm

    How an interesting speech! In fact, I think this issue is not as far as we could think. I mean, spanish diet is changing.
    A healthy and fresh diet is more expensive than a fast one.Many times parents haven’t got enough time to cook and junk food is usually faster to prepare than healthy food. What is more, when children grow, they turn into teenagers who don’t have skills to cook some basics recipes.
    That is another reason for some parents associations to claim nurses at schools. Nurses not only would look after children’s proper growth but also they could teach kids how food and healthy habits could help them to feel fit as a fiddle.

  5. Carles Peñarrocha Martínez permalink
    March 9, 2010 12:59 am

    I think we can find in last Jamie Oliver’s sentence a good summary of the complete broadcast: every child has to be educated about food, with the help of the families –cooking again at home- and people in general –fighting against obesity. It’s a possible and desirable task, but very difficult to achieve due to the necessity of changing habits and mentalities and, besides, facing up to the big companies.
    On the other hand, a lot of people think that everybody ate or had a better diet before than nowadays. I think is created a kind of legende about that. The truth is otherwise. In the past people didn’t have a wide range of choice in relation to the food; they ate what they could. They suffered terrible disasters such as famines, illnesses, undernourishment and so on. Even cattle and pets didn’t have any kinds of sanitary control.
    To sum up, a lot of people –mainly children- eat badly, but we can choose nowadays between a healthy way or another unhealthy. Before it wasn’t so easier.

  6. nadiasays permalink
    March 23, 2010 12:54 am

    I’ve seen today at a lesson of my Master that in Valencia (and nearly the rest of the Mediterranian area) ther is one of the highest rates of heart diseases in Europe… This made me think that our diet is not as healthy as we have always thought.. or as is said up in this page, the mediterranian diet is changing in a bad way. Another point is that many people think that, because they are eating mediterranian diet, they don’t have to be as aware of health as other countries, which is a wrong thought. We should be always carefull of our health.

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