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Jamie slams government inaction over child obesity

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/11/2016

Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has attacked Theresa May's government for not doing enough to tackle obesity and insisted the obesity epidemic poses a greater threat to Britain than Isis.

In an episode of Dispatches set to air on Channel 4 tonight, the celebrity chef compared the challenge of curbing obesity to "war" and argued Ms May had failed to follow through with David Cameron's pledge to fight childhood obesity.

Mr Cameron made childhood obesity a flagship issue for his second term, placing No 10 officials in charge of the issue rather than the department of health.

"If you are worried about the thing that hurts British people the most, it ain't Isis, right?" Oliver said.

"Obesity is killing huge amounts of people, well before their time. This is a war."

Brandishing a copy of the new proposals, he also said: "This should go to the Trade Descriptions Act because that says an 'action plan' and there's hardly any action in there."

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