Chef Jamie Oliver labeled 'hypocrite' for supporting Boris Johnson's anti-obesity plan after he gained weight
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been severely criticized for supporting Boris Johnson's anti-obesity plan, more because he himself has gained weight and many of his recipes are full of calories. The 45-year-old British chef, who has campaigned for healthy food to be accessible to less fortunate people, praised the UK government’s crackdown on junk food advertisements airing on TV and online before 9 pm and said it was a remarkable step in the fight against obesity. “Possibly this could be pivotal moment in awful storm,” he told to presenter Jon Snow on Channel 4 news.
But Oliver’s comments did not go down well with viewers who tuned in to listen to him, with one saying: “He looks like he should be listening to his own advice tbh. Hypocrite!”
"I find it hypocritical that Jamie Oliver is telling us all to lose weight/diet more when he himself is the Prince of Olive Oil and literally pours 300+ cals into his dishes for absolutely no reason at all,” the second one added.
Later in the interview, Oliver also suggested that a tax on some specific kinds of food items is not going to help much than actually subsidizing healthy ones, but this time also he left people fuming. One person said: “Any millennial will remember that Jamie Oliver's plan for tackling obesity in children was essentially to just price us out of eating anything in the school canteen; they got rid of the 35p pizza breads and brought in £3 salads. I only had £2 lunch money. he can f** off. Ironically I'd been a healthy weight and slim all my life up until that point, but when Jamie Oliver priced us out of eating in the school canteen we had to take our lunch money to Tesco and ate crisps and chocolate instead of cooked dinners and we all got fat.”
Another Twitter user who was clearly not impressed with Oliver’s comment that “Boris seems to be the one that's really kind of got a plan here”, vented: “When the government provide people with the means to be able to afford vegetables for every meal instead of chicken nuggets and chips from cheap bulk freezer shops then Jamie Oliver can pipe up until then please shut the f*** up.” While a third person added, “I dislike Jamie Oliver far more than hitherto. All of these outcomes are, at root, caused by inequality & poverty. Being only able to afford zero value, poor quality food is yet another outcome. A celebrity volunteer for the role of gurning workhouse quartermaster isn't required.”
In addition, some people even found it difficult to digest that Oliver was expressing his views on economic issues when his own restaurant went into administration in 2019. He said: “The cost of ill-health in society...is an economic conversation. If you speak to anyone who deals in economics they will tell you having a fitter, healthier more agile Britain is absolutely more profitable.”
A person hit out at him for his comment as they wrote on Twitter, “What he knows about profitability could be written on the menu of a Jamies Italian.” “Jamie Oliver pops back up every five years when obesity becomes another moral crisis for a week,” agreed another one.