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School Kids Find Jamie Oliver's Food Revolting

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 31st 2010 3:01PM
jamie oliverJamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' is only two episodes in but it has already brought some serious numbers for ABC. Anyone that has been watching the series, though, can tell that the celebrity chef's mission to bring healthy eating habits to Huntington, West Virginia has not been an easy task. Tears have been shed, chicken nuggets have been dumped, lunch ladies have been angered.

For viewers, most of this article from the New York Post is pretty much stating the obvious, saying that a majority of school children are not pleased with the state of things. What is interesting, though, is the rise of brown bag lunches from home (mostly chips and cookies) and some thoughts from the food services director on how the change has been implemented.

This other article about Oliver's previous attempt to do the same thing about English school food leaves one somewhat optimistic though. According to the Telegraph, the long-term effects of revamping school food are starting to show, and it seems like a win-win situation for everyone. Hopefully Oliver's efforts will not be wasted in the States.

And now that we're after the jump, I feel like it's a safe place for everyone to get stuff off their chest: How much junk food did you eat while watching Jamie Oliver's show? Really.

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Excuse me here, but to those commenting like West Virginia is one big person, get over yourselves. Have you been there? No doubt, there are some very poor and downtrodden areas. Some areas are very backward but before you generalize an entire state, go there and meet some of the people. There are entire communities of people that have mastered the English language. And, not for nothing, but ALL areas of the country have those that haven't mastered the language. One shining example would be the use of "yous." That is something common in areas with a lot of modernization and many education choices.

May 03 2010 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jerry wilson

Do people not understand that he is only trying to help the unhealthy. No matter what his reason is he should be applauded. If West Virginia doesn't want people looking down on them they should listen to people who are professionals

April 01 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's a reality show meaning that none of this is real.

April 01 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Um, I'm pretty sure I ate some junk food while watching the show :)

Back when I was in high school, the vending machine was locked up until after school. Nobody bought food aside from breakfast, nutrition (which was a 15 minute break between 1st and 2nd period) or lunch. That was it. Kids can't be that hungry that they need access to food all day long.

I think the schools should try to shape things up a bit. I'll admit that when I was in school, I liked the burgers and pizza served for lunch (some of the other stuff - like ground turkey - was not so good) but they always sold out of the prepackaged salads so there's at least some people who are looking for healthier options. That and the fact that they probably didn't stock up on many prepackaged salads.

If the parents want to feed their kids junk at home, let them - my parents would always cook meals (plenty of veggies too) but then also let us drink soda every day. The problem with the kids at the school in W.Va (and maybe around the country) is that because they are used to junk food, they think healthy/fresh food is gross. So when they are given a choice of this or that at school, they will always choose the junk food.

March 31 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem with healthy eating is the immediate costs to do so are far more steep than buying cheap, processed, fat and sugar-rich foods. Of course, the health costs due to such a diet turn out to be more expensive to everyone because of such a diet.

The way to bridge the gap is to work on not only the cost of fresh food but showing people it can be just as convenient to prepare and as tasty as fast food.

Also, moderation is something many in American society are unfamiliar with. It's okay to have some fatty and sugary foods every once in awhile--who doesn't like to indulge in some Jack in the Box or a Sara Lee cheesecake but there is something called portion control that isn't taught as part of nutrition.

March 31 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hope you live your prejudice and refuse service from all 'overweight sloths' including the guy fixing your AC, or your copy machine down to the medical personnel working to restart your heart someday.
The same folk hating on fat people are the same who call people 'retards', ch***s, and n*****s.

March 31 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Frank Fontaine

Get real...people, including kids, have no problem with change they like. It is the change they don't like(whether good for them or not) that is the problem for all humans.

Look at the hillbillies on this show. The lunch ladies are half dead overweight sloths.

March 31 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ummm have we considered the fact that he was in WEST VIRGINIA!?... I'm not from there but I'm fairly certain the last thing on any of their minds is healthier eating options... Maybe a show about how to better WV's educational system would be more helpful... considering the opinion of the state is pretty much that no one there can "speak good English"

March 31 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People, including school kids, don't like change. Hopefully, in time they'll be more open minded about changing their diet to more nutritious foods. I do think the adults involved should set a better example for the kids to follow. Besides practicing better eating habits themselves, parents and school personnel can show a more positive attitude and encourage the kids to do something that is going to bring the reward of better health.

March 31 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As I watched these first two episodes I've been struck by just how unwilling the people in this town are to making any sort of lifestyle change. Nothing but a spoon for children to eat with? And that bitchy food worker who actually wanted written, photographic proof that British schools allow children the horror of eating with a fork and knife! What an idiot. American school allow children to use a full set of silverware!

This school is just unreal. School lunches have never been that great, and I've been out of school for a long, long time, but what I see this school serving their children is mind blowing. And their excuse that budget cuts prevent them from serving better food is laughable in its stupidity.

You'd think being named the most unhealthy city in America would make these people, this school, want to change. Sadly, they don't, and this school is utterly abdicating their role in providing nutritious meals to the children in their care.

The New York Post article does provide some hope in that the school is trying to the food changes work. Let's hope they succeed.

March 31 2010 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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