Jamie Oliver Says Childhood Obesity A Bigger Threat To Britons Than Isis In Channel 4 Dispatches

The celebrity chef accused May of letting down the nation’s children by rowing back on her predecessor’s plans and acting like a politician instead of a parent.

“Everything about the childhood obesity strategy that’s just come out is a complete stinking herring. It’s a terrible job Theresa May’s done there – unforgivable,” Oliver told the Radio Times.

“She’s completely let down every child in Britain, let parents down, everyone’s been let down.”

Oliver led a failed campaign to ban unhealthy sweets from supermarket checkouts and limit junk food adverts, but has been a powerful advocate of healthy eating. The 41-year-old was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry in 2003. 

May’s childhood obesity strategy was unveiled in August. It put an emphasis on more physical activity in schools, and included the sugar tax on soft drinks.

But there is was attempt to rein back advertising aimed at kids and many of the ideas in it, such as a scheme for the food industry to reduce sugar in children’s foods, are voluntary.

In July, Oliver urged Theresa May not to water down the strategy, declaring he would “do anything” to help.


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