I wanted to take a moment to share something with you guys today. I just finished watching the Jamie Oliver TED talk about his ideas on obesity and nutrition in this country. You have to check this out! He is an incredible chef, and person. He spends his life traveling the country educating the world on food. Which we are in desperate need for.
There are a lot of things going wrong in this country, we all know this. But the obesity issue should be priority number one. And of course, it is very dear to my heart because of everything I have been through. I grew up extremely unhealthy and miserable. I had food habits that were appalling. And reversing those habits the way I did (losing 100 pounds) was the hardest thing and most rewarding thing I have ever done. However, after all of that. I can’t help but think how much easier it would have been if I never had those habits in the first place. That is why Jamie Oliver does what he does.
He brought up a great fact that we are so concerned with violence in this country. It is on the cover of every newspaper, and a topic of every political debate. But in the rank of leading causes of death in this country, it is at the bottom! What is at the top? Heart Disease, Cancer and Diabetes. All are caused by unhealthy habits that can be prevented! Obesity cost us 10% of our health care bills and over 150 billion dollars a year! And they are expected to double in next 5-10 years.
So here’s the link, it’s a short video. I strongly suggest you watch it. It’s only 20 minutes long and its extremely motivating. Watch. Listen. but most importantly Act! Think about what Jamie says and apply it to your life. Get out there. Learn about food and change your life for the better.
Also, sign his petition to put pressure on leaders who can help us create change and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic through improving food quality and security.