March 25, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Ryan Seacrest and superstar chef Jamie Oliver are waging war on obesity!

They’re on the frontlines in one of America’s fattest cities – hoping to shape up a town, one kid at a time!

See the dramatic steps they're taking to help us all get fit.

PLUSJamie performed a culinary makeover in one elementary school in West Virginia.

Now, hear from the cooks and the students at that school!

 How has the food changed since the kitchen intervention?


One family shares their weight loss story!

How they did it!  


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A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 7:25 pm ET

It appears that a very large number of Obese children come from dysfunctional Obese parents. They 'learn' very poor eating habits very early-on in their lives.

Kudo's to Larry King, Ryan Seacrest and chef Jamie Oliver for bringing this ongoing problem to school children and American family's across America.

Joe G. (Illinois)   March 25th, 2010 7:32 pm ET

It’s not about knowing the right thing.. It’s about doing it. But then one might ask.. Is everything always got to be about religion and personal behavior..?! The answer is Yes

Brenda   March 25th, 2010 8:18 pm ET

Maybe parents to a point. What about the Manufacturers of are food. I question what is being put in are food. Not all parents have Fat children. Three meals a day and Exercise. Your children will not be Fat. Once there in Teenage years, Much harder for parents to control.

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

They fed my kid so much pizza in school that now he works for Wall Mart and Dominos .

kip   March 25th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Tomorrows breakfast choice @ my childs school is bacon biscuit or FUNNEL CAKE! yes you read correctly FUNNEL CAKE sprinkled with POWERED SUGAR! Lunch of course is PIZZA. If your childs lunch account is owed $10.00 or more then the NUTRTIOUS meal is THROWN IN THE TRASH, yes i said THROWN AWAY! an your child is given a cheese sandwich, YUM! WELCOME TO KENTUCKY!!

A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Fat Obese Parents and their Fat Obese children who constantly stuff food, much of which is highly processed into their mouths for 12 hours a day. Forget 3 meals a day, those heavily obese family's are stuffing something into their mouths at least every 15 minutes. Chips, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza slices, hot pockets, sodas in between their MAJOR meals.

Mental Health should be a important part of this life changing turn-around, and besides dieting and eating sensibly, perhaps hypnosis should also be more widely used instead of resorting to the extremely expensive and extremely invasive surgical weight reduction methods!

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

When I was a kid I was so skinney people used to call me twig and now I look like im pregnent with 4 kids .

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Its the cheese its evil .

A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Here's a easy DIET SECRET...

Drink MORE ice-water during the day in place of regular water.

Water takes a great deal of energy to raise it's temperature just a few degree's. The Body requires that all that is ingested be raised up to 98 Degree's and your body automatically burns up a great many calories in order to heat up the ice-water you drank to 98 Degrees.

Nicole Gallegos   March 25th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

What? Of course they are to blame for the problem. I work in school food service and I see kids that are obese in Pre-Kinder. So are you saying that these kids got fat because of us? They learned this at home. Parents are the ones that start the poor eating habits not school food service! They are the ones that need to teach their kids about healthy choices before they start school. What happened to parents being the role models???

And Mr. did school food service have anything to do with your kid ending up working at Wal-Mart and Dominos?? Did we give him the application and fill it out for him? Did we give him the job? No I don't think so

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I way 225 lb.s and my heart doctor wants me to get that sergery on my gut but I dont care to much for knives slicing me open .

frank lawson   March 25th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

i would like to know why if ryan seacreast is so against obesity, why doesn't he suggest to the coke company to change from soda to dasini water on american idol.

Peggy   March 25th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Those of us out in the "real world" get real tired of "celebrities" trying to make themselves out to be the "experts" on everything...Ryan Seacrest is now a nutritional expert just because he was a fat kid!! And, who is this Jamie Oliver???

A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

@ michael cut back to 1 or 2 meals a day, add ice water and apples to your daily foods.

brenda   March 25th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

i cant speak for all parents other than myself....and for me,yes,i blame me.
i should set the stage and walk th line where my childrens well being are making a stand now,this day...this hour....this very second.
sign us up!!!! im 35 and at least 110lbs 16yr old is 75lbs middle child is 40lbs overweight and even my other two sons could stand to shed a few lbs. lets do this america!!!

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Nicole you guys turned him into a pizza pig do you know how hard it is to get a kid to eat veggies when school cafeterias only serve pizza and hamburgers you didnt have nothing to do with his job but the schools make it harder on the parents to control our kids diet .

Jamie   March 25th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

This is crazy... Why do we blame everything, from a food group to society. I am young and I used to be obese. I blame myself for this and no one else. I lossed 170lbs quickly by WALKING and eating healthy. These people need to help themselves first before they blame others.

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

A Smith I cut back to one meal which isnt good but the water thing sounds good .

Marije, CO   March 25th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

My pet peeve is the children's menu at restaurants. Is there a reason children can't eat real food along with their parents? What message are we sending? My child happily eats salad, sushi, Thai, Indian, vegetarian, whatever comes her way. I can take her to any restaurant and shhe doesn't know a kids menu is an option.

Louetta   March 25th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Since this program is about being healthy, why is Jamie shown eating out of the product being prepared for the children? We see this often where chefs are eating out of the bowls and off the plates that are then going to be served to others. Is that really necessary and safe?

Peggy   March 25th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

How did Ryan Seacrest become an expert on nutrition? And, who is this Jamie Oliver?

Nicole Gallegos   March 25th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

This is crazy! School cafeterias don't just serve pizza and hamburgers! We have to serve the vegetables and the fruits! Federal and state regulations require this. It is not our job to force feed the kids the healthy options. It is the job of the parents to teach the students how to make the healthy choices. Parents make it harder for the child nutrition staff to give the students healthy choices.

All of you need to learn what happens in school food service. You need to learn the regulations that we have to follow. All you hear is what your kids tell you. We, and I am speaking for each and every Director of Child Nutrition in schools across America, invite you to vist our kitchens and our cafeterias and see exactly what is being served. It isn't all pizza and hamburgers and it certainly isn't all processed foods.

LARRY KING   March 25th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Mr. King,
I am so glad that you brought this obecity program. I am fighting with Walmart Store not to bake those full of sugar Donuts. It so sickning and upseting. By doing that I feel like they are killing our children.
Please do somthing about all grocery stores not to display and bake that kind of sweet.
Thank you for your help.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

@ michael, I'd like to see a study on how many calories are burned up running 1 mile vs drinking 16 or 32 oz. of ice water. The results would likely be very similar. The disadvantage of drinking 64 oz at a time or more of ice water is your heart rate really goes up as you burn a great many calories in order for your body to heat up those larger amounts of ice water to 98 degrees. Meaning your heart function needs to be up to at least tolerating moderate exercise.

gail   March 25th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Of course parents are responsible for childhood obesity. Very few children under 5 drive to the store and buy their own food. I feel the parents today are lazy, my daughter knows how to cook, but constantly feeds the kids junk food and candy. Please help our youth.

Mike Cook   March 25th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I was raised by a great mother who love's to show her love through cooking, and to say the least she is very good at it, she makes homemade yeast rolls , homemade pies,cakes ect... but through this I have suffered with my weight my whole life, to now I am 51 years old, suffer with sleep apnea, were I totally stop breathing in my sleep , several times a night, my oxygen level falls to 5% my Doctors tell me I am at risk to have a full blown stroke in my sleep or even die, I would love to have the bypass surgery, but cannot afford it, I have no health care,I suffer with a brain tumor as well, have tendinitis and the doctors tell me I need to lose the weight somehow,someway or I am going to die, I need help but have no Ideal where to get it.

Erika Smitherman   March 25th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I wish they would have come to Dallas County (Selma) Alabama. We are deemed one of the fattest counties in the nation. I work at a public school. Our main problem in our cafeteria is affordable food. Processed is cheaper. I wish this show would come to Selma.

michael armstrong sr.   March 25th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Your right A Smith I need to do some Navy boot camp exercising before my next doctors appointment that dude really gets mad .

Kathy   March 25th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I think what Jamie and Ryan are doing is great. Two years ago when my young daughter started school, I was APPALLED at the crappy food that is served in the schools. At that time, I had a client who was a chef and suggested to him that a reality show be done about this issue. My idea is to do something like Project Runway, where several chefs are given a limited budget for a month and they have to plan healthy meals for kids in the school systems. From these shows, menus could be produced and distributed throughout the country. If ANY law should be passed, it should be MANDATED that healthy food is served in schools. Now THAT would be "Healthcare Reform!"

Shari   March 25th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Just want to say THANK YOU to Jamie & Ryan for what they are doing. I worked in the middle school kitchen and nearly cried every day when the same overweight child would buy 2 – 3 pcs. of pizza and a pop every day. I do blame both the parents and the school. Shame on our schools for offering all this unhealthy food and why are they selling pop in the vending machines? I told my children they had to brown bag it Mon. thru Thur. and on Fridays if they wanted they could buy lunch (pizza). My daughter wanted me to pack her lunch all the way until her last day as a senior!!! I always wished I could do what Jamie is doing and change the lunch programs at school – I'm so happy that someone finally is doing this.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Besides the terrible strain Obesity places on your leg joints, it also greatly increases the possibility of adult diabetes which is a terrible life long disease which carries a great deal of responsibility to slow-down the invasive effects which diabetes has on the body.

gloria lewis   March 25th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I do agree that parents are to blame somewhat ,me and my family wanted to get a movement like this started but we never got off the ground .People think i am weird the way i eat they think i am crazy waking up at 4 am or 6 am and cooking dinner for 3 make breakfast for 3 packing lunch for my husband and my 20 year old son .My husband and son are killing themselves trying to gain a few pounds its not happing .My family do not eat out at all i cook 6-7 days a week all year .No fast food very littel process food .We have a pizza once every 6 months .I would really like to teach families how to cook healthy meals in good amount of time .I have been living in the usa for 23 years i can count the days i have not cook to about 30 days .
Its is not just the food its the process in the way it is prepared ,the way it is handel .By the way did i mention i am a waitress of over 19 years and i do not eat in restaurant .I am so proud of my son he does not drink any soda he works out ,He probably has about 10 % body .He also make his own breakfast on weekends ,he also drink 2 cups of tea a day .If you are going to put people with problems you need a child thats not fat does not eat fast food ,and is in perfect shape .Speak to these kids he would be a perfect roll model for your movement .I am also willing to help i am proof you can cook everyday and not eat out .America needs to see what i do at 4 am in the morning ,i have 4 oots going

A. Smith, Oregon   March 25th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I'd suggest a 'Tread-Master' program for Justin. Enroll him in a local YMCA for some swimming pool time and get a used 'Tread-Master' for him at home to do a Mile a day on.

Shari   March 25th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Jamie – My family & I Love you – I wish I could have seen more of your show about cooking & eating the food you grow yourself. We love our garden but want to do more.

Troy   March 25th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Jamie has taken on an almost impossible feat it would seem. My hat is off to him.

Diane Faulkner   March 25th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I would love to buy only fresh fruits and veggies, but a) they're SO expensive, b) the store is so far away, I can't go there once a week, and definitely not daily, so the fruits/veggies don't spoil before they can be used/eaten, c) by the time I get back from work, change, cook and clean up, it's literally time to go to bed...I would like to be able to have some relaxation time. What's Jamie's answer to that? (Yes, I precook things on the weekend).

Diane Faulkner   March 25th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Oh! Also not allowed to have a garden in my community.

Dan Robertson   March 25th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Jamie Oliver rocks! He's going to change the eating habits of half the world, single-handedly!

Congratulations Jamie..

Jim Teskey   March 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

What successes did you have in the UK and how did you end up in the United States to roll out this initiative?

Tracy   March 25th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

This is so crucial for our children! I grew up overweight and joined weight watchers after college. I lost 60 pounds and have stayed healthy for 15 years. The one thing I learned from this is that it is a life-style change forever. I now have 2 young children and I don't want them to become unhealthy. My kids know how to make healthy choices. We have a fruit and veggie chart in our kitchen. Whoever eats the most in our family at the end of the week, gets to choose an activity for everyone to do. (It can not involve food.) This is a favorite competition for all of us. We are diligent about educating our kids about nutrition. We were at an amusement park and the waitress asked my 4 year old if he'd like fruit punch. He said, "I'd like water please because it's healthy for me." This was not prompted and he was truly happy with his choice. When we eat out, both kids naturally order a main course but ask for a fruit cup instead of fries. My 8 year old daughter helps pack her lunch and will not choose to eat the school lunch b/c it's "yucky." It's all about teaching our children and being a role model!

Tammy   March 25th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Thank you Mr. King for having Jamie Oliver on your broadcast this evening. I live in Ceredo West Virginia just outside Huntington and was thrilled that Jamie cared enough to take time from his family to try to help our area. Stacie Edwards and her family attend church with my son Michael and his dad, and not only did he go to their church and talk to them, taught them how to cook and eat healthier, and be there for them, but there were so many things that he did "behind the scenes" for them, such as redoing the entire kitchen at the church as well as many other things that a lot of people probably don't even know about. I know that there has been a lot of mixed reviews about what Mr. Oliver brought to the Huntington area, but I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. You've mad a BIG difference in a lot of peoples lives. Thank you so much.

yeahright   March 25th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I believe you have the begining of a good thing but before you start blaming the parents, lets take a look at what is in the food our children are eating. Have you looked at the difference in the size of a hormone fed chicken vs a normal one? Or a cow? The difference is right there on the meat counter shelf. If you eat a piece of meat full of hormones how can anyone say with a straight face that it will not fatten you up too?

lion 1   March 25th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Circumstances can dictate lifestyles. Eating nutritious, healthy foods nowadays is expensive. Most parents complain they don't have time to cook. My grandmother's generation stayed home and tended house and children, affording them the ability to make homecooked meals every night. My mother's generation were the "in-betweens", caught between being a homemaker and having to work part-time to help support a growing family and although some meals were homemade, others were not. My generation began leaning towards a long legacy of improper nutrition and unhealthy lifestyles. Although most parents on a fixed income stayed home, finances did not always allow for healthy eating habits. Many a family ate alot of pastas and regular ground beef, as it seemed to stretch the budget further. Today's generation seems to be too lazy and opt for convenience foods. We can't just blame the parents of a child. This is a generational issue.

Theresa   March 25th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

First least 1 of the parents need to learn how to coobut efore that parents need to learn about nutrition,fat,sodium count,& calories. Families could make it into a project. Tasks age appropriate. If there was enough room they could even plant a garden ( all family members have to participate.) If children help to grow the food ,then cook it,,,I bet children would willingly participate. Even if you lived in an apt. you could use any type of planters. In some communities there are communal gardens,,,,if you help plant & tend the garden ,you share in the produce!!!

Jaimelee   March 25th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

Education is definitely a key factor to being successful with weight management. We also need to change the entire food system around. Countries and governments need to find solutions that will make healthy, nutritious foods more accessible and affordable than pre-packaged, processed, junk foods, to ALL citizens, particularly those classified as working poor or those who are on social assistance programs, as they are the ones, in my view, that are being hurt by these obesity issues most.

stacie   March 25th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

I am the one to blame no one else the kids can't drive themselves to the fast food resturants. I have no more frozen pizza's in my freezer for the kids to put in the microwave. So if I don't buy the processed food my kids can't just go get it when they want which is really great they have to wait on me to cook them something healthy. That has worked really well. We are on a mission and we are doing great. We are learning about nutrition, we are working out 3 to 4 times a week, and most of all we are having fun. We are on the right track now.

Rachel   March 26th, 2010 12:06 am ET

Come onnnnn Jamie Im sure is a good guy good intentions but Jamie is looking to PROMOTE Jamie. There are plenty of people doing what he does nutritionists food media gurus and so on.
Jamie says he hasnt seen his kids in a long time back in England
and he's missed their birthday parties. COME ON you can't be out to save other children and start to ignor your own so you can be a star.
Your kids will will never have those birthdays again you only turn that age once.

S.Baker in Washington   March 26th, 2010 12:26 am ET

I am very excited to see this revolution get started. As a parent of a 9 year old I struggle to make sure the food we eat doesn't include artificial colors and flavors. I really hope the U.S. will finally pay attention to what is best for our health and start being more strigent on what is added to our foods.

While the focus is on unhealthy eating, I also want people to hear the ill effects these additives are having on the chemistry inside our bodies.

Keep aritificial colors out of our bodies!

Go Jamie!

louis   March 26th, 2010 12:26 am ET

Please, stop blaming the kids and their parents. You guys should do something about the people that make and push that toxic food. And pizza for breakfast is actually good food for kids. Again, the problem is the people who make that garbage and call it pizza.

Salvatore Granata   March 26th, 2010 12:47 am ET

I am 150% behind Jamie. I think it all starts with the kids, and if we can teach parents and schools to teach our kids to eat better than that is the first step to making our country a better and more proactive country. I myself am 20 years old and i have no kids but i belive if we eat better we will respect ourselfs and others more because in all honestly we feel better about ourselfs.Jamie Oliver if you read this im behind you, i have started eating better and things have been much better for me because i have my confidance up so keep it up you are doing a great thing.

Marianne   March 26th, 2010 12:50 am ET

The pastor talks about morality. Well he should talk about the morality of the food corporations who push the greasy fast foods onto the public for money!

Salvatore Granata   March 26th, 2010 12:51 am ET

I think if parents make enough of an effort to make the school system change the food that the companies that push the garbage food on the kids will shut down make them make the food for the prison system.

Salvatore Granata   March 26th, 2010 12:55 am ET

the parents need to make home cooked meals like the fast food joints make it better and make it a family thing. Food should be fun how fun is fast food adults need to regulate the fast food consumption.

MICHAEL   March 26th, 2010 12:55 am ET

Can Bacteria aka germs make people Fat??

Alessandro Bernardi   March 26th, 2010 12:55 am ET

My answer to your question "Are the parents to be blamed for childhood obesity": In a certain way yes, but the whole Nation is concerned – 25% of the population, that looks like a disaster!

Of course it is a good thing to concentrate on better food conditions.
But in my eyes the USA could come closer to an answer by raising up the question: "Why do we jump on fastfood, Pizza's or whatever it might be"?

The answer seems to be more than easy! To change the style of living in the USA could of course be more difficult to introduce than the recent Health reform!

Johanna   March 26th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Thank You Jamie! CNN! Larry King. I love W.V. Born there, But now it's time to come West. The Kids of Animas School, Animas, NM need you. The southwest kids eat more processed food (JUNK) than McDonalds can serve in a year. The old west is not Dying out because of progress……because of Processed!!! I talked to our school cooks a couple years ago about eating local and more healthy, they said they can not afford it… the cost of the future, our children. I even went to D.C. about the Eat Healthy Act on the Farm Bill. Tried to share information…….it went over like a “CHICKEN NUGGET” on Jamie’s dinner plate!
What can I do to help?

P. Berglund   March 26th, 2010 1:08 am ET

YAAAHOOO!! SOMEONE is FINALLY doing something about it!! This is so exciting. Back in the day when my own children had to face the atrocious so-called food at school, I asked questions and brought it to their attention, only to be met with blank stares. I have always felt that it was about the money, the food contractors, the inability to change peoples' way of thinking. Those people are so smart to do it this way; with the public consensus, it takes it out of the hands of people trying to protect their own interests and focus on where it belongs. Congratulations!!!! But–now how are they going to get rid of the gov'ment cheese?

Linda   March 26th, 2010 1:19 am ET

I am a 62 year old grandmother who has always enjoyed cooking for family and friends. We eat as a family several times weekly. My children now 38 and 40 still come to eat at Mom's mainly because what I make is what they are used to eating and enjoy. I am very surprised at how many just do not know how to cook. What Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest are doing is so necessary. There is a very long road ahead. Obesity is rampid. Just look around you wherever you may be. Revamping what our children eat in school is a great way to start. I myself do not purchase frozen vegetables, frozen dinners, nor any boxed easy to prepare foods. If I ever think that I might want to try something as previously mentioned all I do is turn the box around and check out the ingredients. In all cases the item is returned to the freezer or shelf. Maybe a good idea would be to have a very basic cooking show on television. Basic foods, vegetables, and fruits, using basic spices that all family members can easily prepare together as a family. There are so many easily prepared good for you meals.

jack   March 26th, 2010 1:22 am ET

@michael armstrong sr....Don't blame you in not wanting doctors to slice you open. I don't fancy that either. Would rather die in my sleep at a goodly age, and be relatively healthy until then. It is hard , with all the food temptations and stress out there, to keep the weight down as a person gets older.

jack   March 26th, 2010 1:29 am ET

I feel sorry for the kids that get very obese. Worked with someone once, and they quit. After several years had passed I saw her in a bank with her son . Her son was terribly obese. I felt sorry for them both. She had also put on considerable weight. Not sure how much was genetic or just the eating style, or combination of the two. I was a fat, ignorant kid once too.

Juanita Johnson   March 26th, 2010 1:30 am ET

What a great show..It was so great to have some good news, I feel so excited about gettting started about eating healthly...and seeing something for real...what a great job they are doing for our world.
Thank You so much Larry. I love your show.

Linda Flores   March 26th, 2010 1:43 am ET

Hi Love the show tonite, Finally someone giving my voice a platform ! I believe that w/the health care reform, it is going to FINALLY be inevitable that all children FINALLY start eating healthy. The Gov't demands that I turn my children over to them each & every day, and they feed them such GARBAGE ! ! I live in a farming community, w/the best of everything growing feet from my door, & the kids at school eat CRAP, except at home Yes it does start at home, my children don't eat lunch at school, they won't ! They know the difference, processed verses natural, the more processed ,the unhealthier it is, more money , simple math 101. I invite u to come to our simple small town & let us help launch this revolution sincerely, Linda Flores

Maria Amato   March 26th, 2010 2:02 am ET

No more excuses. It does not matter who are the guys finally somebody stepping up and telling the truth. When they get to their teenagers year not even dieting helps. Way to promote diseases. I am from Argentina and poverty is worst there. When I tried to enrolled my son in a day care it was so hard. I actually made up a story about my son getting allergies to fried food so they will not feed him chicken nuggets, pizza, and corn dogs. The menu was the same every day. Of course I called the state and the approve those menus. My son is big and healthy. He is now two and he loves carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Time that is not an excuse I cook in 30 minutes family meals. That is how long it takes you to boil some tomatoes, , fish and broccoli. Money it is cheaper to buy a tray of organic chicken legs for 2 50 at Walmart than 3 dollars for one happy meal at Mc. Donalds. Choices is all about that. I am a teacher and first thing you learn is that it is not their fault it is yours. Set up rules, and give them good choice. Between a candy, ice cream, and broccoli of course they will chose the junk Not saying to never give them.But come on pizza breakfast? what is that? Grains? you can feed them better. We need to teach our kids good choices not kill them. If the state does not change this at least you can and at home for dinner feed them right.

Leah S   March 26th, 2010 4:06 am ET

School Nutrition staff would like to be part of the solution and many positive changes have been made (i.e. more fruits/vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy), but we absolutely need to have students to have in class nutrition education for them to know why they need to eat more healthily, without that the healthy food won't be eaten. Jamie is right about the funding. Fresh is expensive and funding is key. Who will pay for all of this? Just a question.
I also want to say that school nutrition personnel are very passionate about the job they do and care about the students that they serve.
Physical activity is also key in this "revolution".

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 26th, 2010 4:54 am ET


Lots of ice water with squeezes of lemom or lime will do the trick.

@Michal Armstrong Sr

i am like you too, Thin when I was young but now have a bloated stomach. The other parts of my body are okay.
I suppose it comes with age. There's nothing we can do.
I tried rubbing pounded ginger to whittle my stomach. It does work provided I dont eat too much.

PS.. I love, love Seacrest. How tall is he?
Most of the Idol contestants are taller than him.

krys   March 26th, 2010 5:15 am ET

I am applaud at some of the comments against Ryan and or Jamie. Firsthand you really believe that Ryan doesn't know what its like for the average and below average person these days? He can be considered an 'expert' on nutrition. Why? Because he has been on a healthy diet for years. I listen to his radio station and watch his shows and see his passion to help others. However you may feel about his tv personalities is your own business but to mix that you with his true self is not only unfair but judgemental on something/one you have no clue about. Sure he is rich now but it hasn't always been that way. His involvement is to promote and help a friend out that wants to make a difference and pay it forward to improve eating habits and menus at the schools. It all starts with you though. You have to change your mindset on what you can afford and not. If you are short money wise, you can make shortcuts till things change for you financially but to blast a guy for trying to make a difference and assist someone who is less rich/famous (here in the US) is just wrong. Whatever your financial situation may be...It's not his fault, its not my fault or anyone elses here and maybe even not yours that you can't afford or THINK you can afford valuable and healthy foods. You have to have the wilpower and desire to make a change which I assume you would want to do otherwise why would you not only click this link but post on here? Be angry, be upset but try a little understanding too.

I fully and completely support and commend Ryan Seacrest and Jamie Oliver for wanting to make a change beyond their walls.

Sergio Cruz   March 26th, 2010 5:41 am ET

Obesity and addiction are a choice and bad choices lead to obesity!

It takes a great deal of discipline and daily hours of hard work, to be a great TV host like Larry is or to be a great athlete or a great Surgeon, to be fat all it takes is to stuff your mouth full of junk food!

People have to learn that 'the easy way is not the best way'!

Veronica   March 26th, 2010 6:08 am ET

Way to go Jamie & Ryan. I am a Brit that lived in the US for many years. Every time I go back to visit I am appalled at the amount of food waste, especially in restaurants where the portions are outrageously unrealistic and unnecessary. It's about time someone like Jamie Oliver gets involved. I'm a huge fan of Jamie's. Good Luck and great success to you.

Ted   March 26th, 2010 8:35 am ET

Drinking ice water is not a solution!

It is true that your body will need energy to increase your temperature to normal, however the constant influx of freezing water will cause you stomach problems in the long run. You exchange a few pounds for a very serious illness.
In addition, your body will want to replace the lost energy and you will crave for food.

There are absolutely no trick, pills or any other artificial means to help you to loose weight, you must cut down on the intake of colories and exercise to burn off excess weight.

claire   March 26th, 2010 8:47 am ET

Way to go Jamie, keep up the good work 🙂

DR GARY   March 26th, 2010 9:28 am ET


Susan   March 26th, 2010 1:08 pm ET

Last night, my husband asked me what I ate during a typical school lunch growing up in France. Here was one meal I remember:
Appetizer: 3 radishes and a ration of butter to spread on the radishes
Main course: veal over polenta
Fruit: 1 half of a grapefruit
1 Yoghurt
Bread: tiny slice of baguette. No butter. It was
Drink: Only water available
Dessert: 1 day out of two
I don't think kinds know what polenta and radishes are nowadays!
Great on you Jamie!

Expat American   March 26th, 2010 1:19 pm ET

To combat childhood obesity by merely blaming the parents isn't right...and would be scratching at the surface of a much deeper problem.

To wage a successful war against obesity in America, it would take a cultural shift in the American perception of food, convenience, cost, and excess.

Artificially produced fast food is readily available in America for a relatively low price (20-peice fried greasy chicken bucket for $8.00); Convenience and Excess for a Cheap Cost.

Lastly, go to a restaurant in America...Go to a restaurant in Europe. The difference in the serving size will astound you.

I applaud Jamie Oliver for his efforts. He has spearheaded a similar movement in England.

Expat American   March 26th, 2010 1:24 pm ET


The meal you described as one of your childhood memories in your post is similar to mine. 🙂

Susan   March 26th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

Sorry, clicked submit too fast!
Last night, my husband asked me what I ate during a typical school lunch growing up in France. Here was one meal I remember:
(No packed lunches allowed on campus)
Appetizer: 3 radishes and a ration of butter to spread on the radishes
Main course: veal over polenta
Fruit: 1 half of a grapefruit
1 Yogurt (full fat, no sugar)
Bread: tiny slice of baguette. No butter. Bread was for dipping in the veal sauce.
Drink: Only water available
Dessert: 1 day out of two such as a lemon tart a little larger than the size of an oreo
I don't think kids know what polenta and radishes are nowadays!
It was GREAT, FRESH food EVERY day and taught me about food that I carried with me for a lifetime (mom, can we have radishes and beets tonight?)
Having said that, we probably paid a bit more than in US schools. So, of course there is a cost.

Great on you Jamie! This is a big task to take on now, but the time is so right. This is fantastic for America!
Thank you!

@Expat American: oh really? that's awesome!

Expat American   March 26th, 2010 2:23 pm ET

While it was some time ago, when I was in grammar school; students actually went home for lunch in the middle of the day and classes would resume in the afternoon. On the way home I remember there were open air markets, butcher shops, fishmongers, and essentially I would make lunch (and dinner) fresh everyday with my parents...nothing prepackaged or manufactured.

Different time..Different place (sigh).

I actually didn't eat a 'Big Mac' until I was in my late 20s!!!! Thinking back, it might have been a Newark International Airport...during a flight delay/layover....some time ago.

Erika   March 28th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Yes, I absolutely a teacher I have implemented a snack time in my classroom due to the fact that our lunch time is so late. I have asked the parents only to send a fruit or a vegetable. I could not believe that I actually had parents who protested this rule!! I teach in a public school with wonderful parents and a fabulous community, how this became controversial is unbelievable to me.

jeffrey gessler   March 28th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I love the food revolution!!!! as a phys-ed teacher you are missing a big part of the problem!!!! I would love to talk to somone but never know how to get the word out!! I've battled for 21 years for the children of ohio please help!!! jeff gessler physical education instructor austintown local schools and ypungstown state university.

Charloom   March 28th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Americans need Jamie!!!! Hope everybody will catch on to his ideas and spirit. To chamge takes TIME – we should all remember and be willing to keep going at it.

James DeMuth   March 28th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

The childs main source of food is from the parents. What they eat at school is only one meal of the day. What they eat before school, what they eat after school, snacks and such, what they eat for dinner and what they eat before bed and the quantity of food they eat at those times dictate where their weight gain comes from. Only the smallest fraction of one percent does hereditary obesity play a part. Parents need to feed their children less food, and feed them more healthy food.
When the children complain and refuse to eat certain healthier foods, parents should tell them that that is all there is for them to eat. In the long term the child will be healthier and live longer. There are too many choices as to what to eat in America. Parents cannot tolerate the whining of children who will not eat what they have for them to eat. They give the child what they're willing to eat. Avoid, at all costs, the hydrochloric acid/carbon monoxide treated fast food burgers.

Monetarily, American families can afford healthy food. Fast food is not necessarily cheaper. They may be easier, quicker and more convenient, but ultimately the parent who gives their children fast food more than once a month have shortened their childrens lifespans by at least ten years. I will outlive two generations younger than myself because my generation is feeding their kids unhealthy food. You see, kids can eat unhealthy food. They just should not eat high quantities of such unhealthy food, unless they are active enough to counteract the negative reactions from consuming said foods, which most are not, considering that the average kid today spends over six hours vegging out in front of the tv or computer screen.

Baby-boomer parents are 99.99% to blame. Period. They raised todays parents who have raised unhealthy kids. Feed less, buy smart, exercise regularly. Who is in control, the child or the parent?

joanne   March 28th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

It's unfortunate that they do away with all the culinary classes in high school due to budget cuts. We don't teach children how to cook for themselves anymore. These programs are cut because they are deemed not important because it's not part of college curriuculum.
We need to keep these course in our schools and convince our state education departments that they are necessary and valuable. Teach our children how to cook nutritionally from scratch.

Sparkle   March 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

When I was a kid we had reasonably healthy meals, and every Friday night we would have dinner at McDonald's and then my parents would take us to the candy shop and we would get a little bag of whatever candy we wanted for $1.00. I'm showing my age here, but I just can't get over how different things are now. We played outside and picked up the phone or went to the person's house if we wanted to talk to them. Kids today are too addicted to all their games, ipods, computers, texting, etc. Having said that though, I think it's very sad that it's cheaper to eat bad foods than healthy. A lot of parents can't even afford simple fruits and veggies for their children.

daniel   March 29th, 2010 12:13 am ET

to start a real food revolution is just not about changing how you eat. many people in the usa can't afford healthy food, sometimes vegies and fruits are too expensive and it's easier to go and buy a hamburger

Bonnie   March 29th, 2010 12:28 am ET

I'm a 45 year old parent. I am also divorced.
I do believe that i am responsible for what my children eat because I make the choices of what to buy.

My sons are now 21 and 16. The oldest actually became a vegetarian at age 8 and eventually supported him in doing that. Initially I thought it was a phase, but 13 yrs later he is now vegan and has no weight issues.

My 16 year old is athletic build and plays sports, his eating habits have improved a little over the past few months.

I am wrestling now with weight gain and trying to stay on track with getting in shape. Once children have a direction they tend to be better disciplined at staying on track.

Kevin   March 29th, 2010 1:06 am ET

Ryan is doing a great job of bringing this common sense subject to the for- front of our society. I still find it hard to believe that our High schools are not being taught parenting skills that have been compiled by some of the most successful parents in our lifetime.If our government wants to spend TAX PAYERS dollars our future, they need to be pro-active and teach the things in high school that are relevant to today's world. Our present day society is caught up in the status quo we have very few people foused on solving today's problems. We need many more think tanks sponsered by any one government, ect. ect. It's getting late and i'm getting tired . Peace out.

Patrick from BâIe   March 29th, 2010 6:51 am ET

The problem of overeating is bigger than child, family, school and/or nation. It is a sympton of our time. A sympton as pervasive as obesity (world wide) is more about the state of the human condition. Two major signposts that reflect this condition are survival drives; food and sex. When the human condition is not strong enough to maintain, let alone to improve the quality of life, one sees and/or experiences an inordinate, unbalanced, overwhelming inhancement of these basic drives. Without a counter force, the integrity, the will of the human condition weakens and the "Basic Instincts" take over and subsequently, especially according to Freud, spill over into all other will activity. The will for survival becomes 'lust' and uncontrollable 'habit'. Humanity needs to develope a force strong enough to balance the human condition, to balance eating and sexual drives between the mouth and the reproductive organs. Man needs to strengthen his heart forces. He needs a stronger middle. One that beats with 'new' strengths and qualities of wisdom, integrity, responsibility, service, even sacrifice for the good of the whole rather than for individual survival. What the individual, family, school, religion, sect, organisation, government, nation, world body has done and is doing is not enough. They are all failing because a 'new' evolutionary impulse, a new 'world conception' is needed. Failure to intuit the need for a new balanced purpose for life, other than 'consumption' and 'sexual concupiscence', will only allow the deterioration of the human condition, the qualitity of life to dominate the 21st century. What individuals like Jamie Oliver, Brian Seacrest and Larry King are doing are positive and necessary, and may help ameliorate an extreme symptom here and there, but unfortunately still won't be enough to balance the 'heart' of the human condition.

Stephanie Heck from Huntington WV   March 29th, 2010 7:50 am ET

The problems with nuitrition are nationwide and not just in Huntington WV.

Many of the fine people here in Huntington are quite disappointed that Larry King has taken Jamie Oliver seriously. Larry King is invited to come to Huntington and find out the truth for himself. It is not as Jamie Oliver alleges.

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