Jamie Oliver Says UK Food Education For Children 'Unforgivably Bad'

07/08/2012 11:59 | Updated 22 May 2015
Jamie Oliver tells An Audience With that we are still doing badly in educating kids about healthy eating PA

Jamie Oliver has once again hit out at food education in the UK. He claims that though the Olympics may inspire the nation to become healthier, we are still doing 'unforgivably badly' in educating children about food and sport.

Addressing An Audience With Jamie Oliver in London, the TV-chef turned healthy-eating campaigner said that things had to change and that we needed to create a health-related Olympic legacy in order to inspire future generations.

"I think, you know, if you're looking at food at school, and food education at school and sport at school, we've done it really badly, unforgivably badly," he said, "We're tussling with Germany in being the most unhealthy country in Europe."

Jame told the audience that he would like to spend time working in Mexico, and also in Brazil to cook during the 2016 Games, but admitted that his growing brood of children meant that travel was not as easy at it used to be:

"It's got a bit harder since I've had kids. I've got four kids now. I don't know where they all came from," he joked, referring to Poppy, 10, Daisy, nine, Petal, three, and 22-month-old Buddy. "Getting large amounts of time to submerge myself has changed somewhat but they're getting a bit older now, so they can either come with me or we can just Skype!"

Jamie has recently been doing battle with Michael Gove over the Government's decision not to make academy schools adhere to the same school dinner regulations as regular schools.

Do you think Jamie is right? Are we letting our kids down in terms of food education, or is this something that we as parents - and not the state - should be responsible for?

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