Sir, you are annoying me. With your whole let's get American kids to eat healthy...by starting a television show thing. Is encouraging people to sit on their asses in front of the television the best way to get through to them? To teach them? Are they really going to buy that from you? Are they watching for the freak show aspect or because they are too damn lazy not to? Are you even getting through to the people you are trying to get to?
I don't watch TV. Because I choose to live my life, rather than watch others live theirs. I choose to BE with my kids and model healthy eating for them, with them. Not watch it with them. Of course to be able to comment on your show, it's motives vs your motives I should really watch the show. But I won't because we disconnected cable and said no thanks to the lure of too many channels, sleazy people and fat-lazy-American-sit-on-their-ass-itis. TV is just not worth giving up on my own life with my family.
But I can judge you from afar and because I can, I will. You see I tweet on twitter. I saw tweets that your show is sponsored by Ragu? Really? Canned pasta sauce with "real vegetables" in it? A big WTF to you Jamie! I mean how about real food...milk? Spinach? Brown rice. Sure sure I understand you need to make money off this venture, what else it it for right? I mean if you did it for free on PBS I would feel a whole lot better about it and if I had TV I might have thought of recording. But no you need to be sponsored on 'real' TV by crappy processed foods, which are at the VERY HEART OF THE OBESITY PROBLEM IN AMERICA. A serving of their basic sauce has 20% of the sodium a full grown person needs, let alone a kid. And the super sweetness? You guessed it! High Fructose Corn Syrup!! Sweet and salty in a pasta sauce sponsoring your 'food revolution'. That doesn't sound so revolutionary to me.
And can I add America, you are embarrassing me. With your whole I can't do anything about this, that or the other until it's made into a TV show and then wham! Wow I really DO care about it. I mean who needs the added drama? We are the fattest laziest people on earth, can we be more lame? How embarrassing to have a celebrity chef from England come over and confront us about our crappy eating habits AND RECORD IT FOR POSTERITY. Or money, right? Ouch, that stings. And then to have them turn it into a TV show? To really rub it in our faces? Or to get us to pay attention. As if the fact that half of us can't bend over to tie our own shoes, our food stores all have fat carts so we can ALL get to the food (yes I know a legitimate number of people do actually need these!) and that there are special catalogs with toilet seats for the hefty set isn't enough to get our attention. We need to watch fat people get lectured by a foreign celebrity chef while sitting prone, mouth possibly hanging open?
I guess this is why I opted out of TV, I don't want to see it. I don't need to see it, it's right in front of me, I see people making bad choices all the time. Why make somebody rich off other peoples misery? Sure Jamie may be doing some good things, but making a shock jock reality style TV show out of this problem seems a sad solution to the food problems of America. Why isn't he going after big AG? The corn board, who promotes that High Fructose Corn Syrup is the same as sugar. Well indeed it is sweet but it doesn't produce the same results in your brain that say "hey, quit eating you are full", you never feel full and keep eating. Why doesn't he go after the fast food industry that for years have made "happy" meals that are dangerous for our kids by hooking them on the deadly trifecta of sugar, salt and fat? A pattern that they will be addicted to for life. Why not rage against processed foods? They are so over processed they can only loosely be called 'food'. Why TV? And here's a question for you, why not talk to moms who's children eat and enjoy vegetables? Whose kids self regulate their eating, find out their secrets. How they do it? Or don't do it. You want results? Go to the pros, who do it on a daily basis, happily for their families.
You want to help Americans get healthier? Figure out a way to get them off their asses, unplug their TVS, turn off their video games, take away their LayZ boys, sweat pants, Velcro shoes and remotes. MAKE them learn to eat fresh vegetables, drink enough water, chew slowly, talk during meals, make healthy choices, play and interact with their families, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.......keep repeating and never stop. Start when they are young, old or in the middle it is never too late.
Sincerely, Laura (a mom who knows the secrets)
Please if you are visiting from another blog consider reading this post for a few more thoughts on the subject of food in America