Ted Talk Post

This Ted Talk is interesting because Jamie Oliver brought his insight about food to classrooms and learned about the routines children learn about around nutrition and meals from home, school and the fast food industry, to his talk.  Children are the most important aspect of our culture, they are the future, and there is no one teaching them about healthy nutrition.  One interesting part of the talk was when there was a video of Jamie Oliver in a classroom in West Virginia asking young children if they could identify different fruits and vegetables and it was astounding to see that most of them couldn’t recognize any.

Oliver says “your child will live a life ten years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them”, the school systems provide unhealthy and mostly fast food equivalents to children, most who are having at least one meal at school and many have two, breakfast and lunch.  This Ted Talk affects the U.S. because 33% of our country is obese, and most of the reason for that is because our big companies are promoting it and because the school systems cut back on money spent of food, making lunch ladies made poor decisions on what to serve.  Children learn from what is taught, if they are surrounded by fast food restaurants and served two meals a day at school, which contain high amounts of sugar and usually range from hamburgers and pizza this is what children are going to grow up and continue eating then eventually feed their children.  Oliver says children’s eating habits and learning are based on a triangle; home, school and main st. if these three places are promoting unhealthy nutrition then kids are going to become obese.

This talk relates to the Millennium Development Goal of Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger, because reducing hunger is not only helping countries get food, it needs to be healthy food in order to be helpful.  Children in families with low incomes find themselves eating fast food and processed food because it is cheaper for their parents to buy and it is quick to make.  We need to focus not only on eradicating hunger but making the food supplied, especially in schools, healthier so children learn how to make good choices.

How do we help educate families about the importance of a healthy diet and encourage them to buy healthy food, especially when healthier food is more expensive?