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Jamie Oliver foi ao programa do David Letterman, que ridicularizou a tentativa do chef britânico de conscientizar os americanos sobre os perigos da obesidade:

Embora eu goste do Letterman, ele foi um bom de um filho da puta nessa entrevista.

Mas ainda bem que o The Guardian fez justiça ao brilhante trabalho de Jamie Oliver nas escolas inglesas:

Today an audience of prestigious economists was told that the healthier school dinners introduced by the celebrity chef had not only significantly improved pupils’ test results, but also cut the number of days they were off sick.

Michèle Belot, of Oxford university’s Nuffield College, and Jonathan James from the University of Essex, monitored results and absences in five neighbouring local authorities – chosen for their socio-economic similarities to Greenwich — as a control. They looked at figures from 2002 to 2007 – skipping the school year 2004/5, when the new menus were introduced.

The effects seen, they said, were particularly impressive given that they emerged within a relatively short period of time, and that the campaign was not even directly targeted at improving educational outcomes.

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