Jamie Oliver is getting the UN involved in his obesity fighting campaign, attempting to make obesity a human rights issue with the help of a million petition signatures. The celebrity chef and food activist wants obesity on the UN summit agenda, comparing it to the epidemic of the AIDS crisis.
“Obesity needs to be on every government agenda,” he said at the One Young World Conference in Switzerland. “It should be as important as the fight against AIDS and climate change. It has to become the national health priority.”
Oliver’s goal is to encourage world leaders to take notice. “I believe that together we can make some real noise ahead of this meeting of experts. Help me take the food revolution global, and get one million signatures on my petition.”
He told the audience at the summit that he wants to tackle obesity and other diseases related to diet, helping countries to keep their traditional diets while educating them about food and the impact it has on their health and well-being. He notes that diet-related diseases are among the top five causes of death for people under the age of 60, and that he believes they are determined to create a health catastrophe over the next 40 years if nothing is done to stop it.
He said to the young listeners at the summit that “for the first time in history, being too fat, being overweight, is killing more people than being underweight.”
Jamie Oliver has made a lot of noise this year in his attempt to shake the world into realizing how important it is to take care of our bodies. Will you sign his petition? If interested, you can find it here.
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