By Elizabeth Willoughby on
His petition aims to get food education included in school curriculum for children. Since he has already surpassed his one-million-signatures goal, he’s upped the goal to two million so he can push to get childhood obesity on the G20 agenda.
“Only by learning about food, where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies, can our children grow up to make better decisions and, ultimately, lead happier, healthier lives,” says Oliver.
He is asking fans to share the petition on social media channels, and also for people to set up working groups to tackle childhood obesity in their local communities.
“One of the biggest killers on this planet right now is diet related disease,” says Oliver. “One of the things that’s eroding and killing our health systems is diet related disease. Type 2 diabetes has gone completely mad and it’s completely reversible. When you realize that 42 million children across the world under [the age of] five are overweight or obese, this is a really critical time in global health and it’s costing us a fortune.”
You can sign the petition here.
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