Thursday 20 October 2016

Jamie Oliver: More girl power would make country healthier

Published 11/12/2015 | 14:46

Jamie Oliver has called for a tax on sugar
Jamie Oliver has called for a tax on sugar

Jamie Oliver has spoken out in support of Professor Dame Sally Davies and her annual report, adding that having more women in the UK government would lead to a healthier country.

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Oliver described Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally as an "incredible woman" who cares about the country's children.

Appearing as a guest on ITV's Loose Women, he described obesity as "one of the biggest things hurting this country".

His comments follow Dame Sally's insistence in her annual report that obesity should be a national priority.

She also said that obesity should be "treated as a threat to Britain on the same level as terrorism".

Oliver has been actively campaigning for a sugar tax, last month telling Prime Minister David Cameron to be "bold and brave" after he vetoed introducing a levy.

Oliver told the Loose Women panel: "Sally's the first woman to have this job and I really believe ... girl power and all that ... these maternal instincts of care, common sense, reacting ... these are motherly things and it's about time ... if we had more women in government we would have a much healthier country, I promise you."

When asked about doing any reality TV shows, he commented on the spider-eating incident on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Jungle contestant Ferne McCann faced criticism after eating a live spider on the show during a Bushtucker Trial.

Oliver quipped: "All credit, especially to that girl that ate the spider."

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