February 12, 2010

TED Talk on the Obesity Crisis

Paula Crossfield of Civil Eats picks up on this inspiring and entertaining TED Talk by Jamie Oliver this week accepting his $100,000 TED Prize.

Jamie Oliver — yeah, the Naked Chef — is like a cross between Michael Pollen and Bono. His crusade is against the totally preventable diseases associated with obesity, and in particular what he calls the child abuse perpetrated by government via school lunch programs.

The TED Prize is designed to help someone fulfill their wish; Oliver's is:
“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”
All of which dovetails nicely with all the good things the Michelle Obama has been saying this week.