I know that I have a tendency to over-hype things, but I tell you, this one merits the hype. You see, in the last few weeks, Nick and I have become totally and completely addicted to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a new U.S. show on ABC. What makes it so great is a combination of two things: The insurmountable passion Jamie Oliver has for preventing obesity-related deaths AND the fact that this is a very real problem for a large percentage of the U.S. population. It’s inspiring and relevant and should be a must-watch in your home.
Let’s start with a brief overview of the show. Jamie has come in to Huntington, Virginia with the audacious goal of teaching all 50,000 people in that town to make simple, healthy meals from raw ingredients. You might easily assume that it’s a cooking show, but it’s actually much more than that, it’s about saving lives. You see, Huntington was chosen for the Food Revolution after being identified in a study as the most obese city in American in 2006 with 45.3% of its population being obese. They are losing years of their life and Jamie is committed to reversing that trend.
Obviously this is an extremity, but the reality is that many US cities will continue to move rapidly toward this number without a major shift in thinking. Take the picture above for example, in which Jamie cooked up everything that a family of 5 had in the previous week and dumped it all out on their kitchen table. It was absolutely disgusting to look at…. but the thing is though, most of us eat many of these same things each week and that can become very frightening when we aggregate it over a week, month or a year.
What Jamie has helped me realize is that this is a VERY REAL problem and it will take a very conscious effort on all our parts to rewrite our old beliefs and habits. I see now how critical it is to understand what’s in the food we eat and learn basic cooking skills that support healthier habits. I am humbled by Jamie’s dedication to this cause and hope that I may display as much courage in my life’s work to create radical change. He is truly a modern-day leader from which I am drawing great inspiration.
Get caught up on the first 4 episodes at: http://abc.go.com/shows/jamie-olivers-food-revolution/. The show is on Fridays at 9/8 central on ABC. Still undecided as to whether it’s worth your time? Take 2 minutes and check out this short video:
Oh, and do let me know how this show is inspiring your life! Is your family making any changes as a result of it?