Jamie Oliver Can't Save Us; Maybe Undercover Boss Can

Essay: Chubby Americans need to re-learn what it means to work
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2010 7:11 PM CST
Jamie Oliver Can't Save Us; Maybe Undercover Boss Can
Jamie Oliver slices his fish during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show in 2008.   (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is fighting the good fight against the obesity epidemic with his Food Revolution reality show, trying to get Americans to choose "seasonal parsnips over a burger with fries," writes Stephen Marche. Sadly, he's doomed to fail. Americans love to chow down, and the problem is that "our eating habits were formed during times of immensely productive manual labor," writes Marche at Esquire. "If you're working twelve-hour shifts at the car plant, you can eat whatever you want." Now we're mostly office schlubs, but we still eat the same—and have the extra pounds to prove it.

"If you're looking for a solution to the weight problem, you won't find it on Food Revolution or even The Biggest Loser, writes Marche. "Instead, head over to CBS, where its breakout show, Undercover Boss, has fat-cat CEOs busting their asses doing a hard day's work. Because only when we figure out how to put Americans back to work, and how to rebuild a sagging infrastructure and stanch the flow of jobs overseas, will the pounds start melting off. " Read the full essay here.
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