‘’We’ve heard the statistics. Obesity has more than doubled worldwide since 1980. For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.’’
Well, we might argue that down here in Kenya that seems a bit far-fetched. But reality on the ground shows otherwise; the obesity debate is becoming harder and harder to ignore.
So where do we begin to tackle such an immense problem? There is not one single solution, but there are two key paths: getting moving and eating better. We must change our habits to promote better living.
On May 16th, Food Revolution Day is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues.
All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. The day is mainly about inspiring change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.
On this day of action, global ambassadors will help people learn how to make simple changes in their food choices that will dramatically improve their lives and the lives of their children. Getting back to basics, thinking about where our food comes from and empowering people with the skills and knowledge to choose and cook better food.
Take for instance Jamie Oliver who is an English chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools.
Jamie has inspired people to spend more time enjoying being in the kitchen – and even start growing their own food. For his celebration of the Food Revolution Day he hopes to involve the parents in his campaign by asking them to think about what they feed their children and, if it is unhealthy potentially leading to health problems later in life, to try and change to healthier options.
The good news is that the Food Revolution Day is open here in Kenya for anyone who wants to take steps towards building a healthier lifestyle and better education.
The Taste Safari team will be cooking with over 50 fun kids at Brookhouse International School, getting them confident in the kitchen and teaching them all about healthy cooking as part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
They will hopefully keep you posted on their Facebook page on what they are going to be up to today.
So make sure to save the date and join millions of other people as you inspire the nation to fight obesity with better food and a healthy lifestyle to match it.