Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

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British chef incites revolt against American eating habits.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series demonstrates that there is a direct relationship between nutrition and health, and that healthy foods can taste good. It also shows that it is possible to make major changes if you start at the grassroots level. The town’s Christian tradition is sometimes incorporated into some of these messages.

Positive role models

Oliver’s mission is definitely a positive one, but he can sometimes come across as a being critical and/or preachy. Some town residents resent him for trying to make changes in their community.  A Christian community leader uses his influence to help. 

Violence

There are references to citizens wanting to kill Oliver for getting rid of their favorite foods and/or deep fryers, but these comments are mostly made in jest.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Words like “bastard,” “crap," and “piss” are audible. The word “s--t” is bleeped.

Consumerism

Oliver is a well known TV chef; watch for occasional plugs of his cookbooks and recipes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series, which is hosted by British chef/TV personality Jamie Oliver, promotes good eating habits and better food education at home and in school cafeterias. While his overall mission is a positive one, some viewers might find some of his comments about America's eating habits a bit too critical. Overall the show is pretty mild, but Oliver's use of strong language (“bastard,” “piss,” “crap” "ass"; the word "s--t” is bleeped) makes it a little iffy for younger viewers. Watch out for occasional plugs of his cookbooks and recipes.

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What's the story?

JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION is a reality series featuring renowned British chef Jamie Oliver as he tries to help America’s unhealthiest town change their attitudes about food and nutrition. Oliver spends four months in Huntington, West Virginia, a community that has the highest early mortality rate in the country thanks to diseases like heart disease and diabetes, meeting with families, school employees, and community leaders in hopes of inspiring them to improve the way they eat. He also builds a center where people can learn to cook healthy recipes and attempts to assist the community with feeding school children more wholesome meals. But convincing Huntington citizens to eliminate things like frozen nuggets, fried foods, pizza, and sugar-filled drinks from their daily menus isn’t easy, especially when it comes to dealing with USDA guidelines, limited budgets, and people who simply resent an outsider like Oliver. But Oliver keeps trying to find ways to get his point across, and hopes that his efforts will plant the seed of change necessary to promote revolutionary changes in America’s overall eating habits.

Is it any good?

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The series draws on the habits and attitudes of Huntington residents to illustrate how poorly Americans are eating thanks to their taste for fatty meals and their reliance on convenient processed foods. It shows how the consumption of these unhealthy meals has been so normalized that they are thought of as appropriate daily food choices. The program underscores the fact that consistently eating unhealthy foods is a direct cause of obesity, disease, and early death. The show also notes some of the loopholes in government nutritional guidelines that allow U.S. schools to regularly serve these foods to children.

Some viewers might find the chef’s opinions about some of America’s general dietary choices a little judgmental. But Oliver, who successfully lobbied the British government for a healthier school lunch program, is simply underscoring what health experts in the United States and England have already identified as national problems. What he serves up are constructive and positive solutions at the grassroots level that can lead to important changes in the way we educate people -- especially children -- about food, and improve their overall health and well being.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about making positive food choices at home and at school. What kinds of things should you eat to stay healthy? What kind of foods should you limit or avoid? How does the media impact the food choices that we make? Parents: Here are some resources you can use to talk about  these issues with your family.

  • Why do some schools serve meals that aren't always healthy? Do you think it is a lack of information about healthy food? Budget constraints? Government regulations? Should schools serve healthy meals even if kids refuse to eat them? Why or why not? What kinds of things can you and your community do to help your school serve healthy food options?

TV details

Cast:Jamie Oliver
Network:ABC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byelisab April 22, 2010
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The SAD (standard american diet) gets happy!

I have followed Jamie Oliver since he started with his "naked" food in the UK. As an RD, I'm thrilled with the effect his having on Huntington and across the county -- I teach nutrition and gardening and my 5th graders are talking about it! Anything that gets kids to think about what they're eating and where it comes from gets a thumbs up from me!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 4 and 9 year old Written bypooie May 17, 2010
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6
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JAMIE BABY

good show. jamie is sexy. watch it. change america. boom.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old May 4, 2010
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5
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Pretty good show, even for little kids.

I've seen it while my mom was watching it and i think it's pretty good. It doesn't seem inappropriate at all, except for the language (pretty much bass-terd, hell, and piss, and a few bleeped words), but it isn't used that often. I think it enlightens healthy choices and removes the "yuck!" factor from healthy foods. It's got an overall good message about "nothing is impossible". I mean, for Pete's sake, he made a bet that he could teach 1,000 people to cook in a WEEK. And he WON!!!!! I think it actually would be a GOOD idea to let little kids see this. Just make sure they can ignore the language.
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