David Letterman Tells Jamie Oliver: You're Never Going to Succeed

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver went on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote his new show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. David Letterman flat out told Jamie, he will never succeed. David said, “Try as hard as you might, you are never going to succeed because we are living in a culture dominated by the commerce of selling food which is inherently unhealthy. ” Jamie’s response: yes, obesity is big business.

Yes, obesity is making a lot of companies big money. Just look at all the diet pills on the market and the Lap Band campaign that is running rampant here in Los Angeles. You can’t drive anywhere without seeing a billboard for it.

David Letterman is wrong. Like everything else in this world, weight loss is a choice and you must be disciplined about it, otherwise success is elusive . You choose what you spend your money on and  put in your mouth. Whether it is a Twinkie or a delicious organic apple, no one is forcing you to eat it, except you. Perhaps if we stopped eating processed junk food and drugged up meats, we might be a thinner nation.

Sorry David, I love your work because you make me laugh, but I am going to have to disagree with you on this one. Jamie, get out there and kick some butt!

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  • Stancie @ Fig+Sage  March 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Letterman is driving me nuts in this video as he continues to cut off Jamie (let him speak already!), but he is playing Devil’s Advocate and unfortunately is just voicing the thoughts of many, many people who have yet to make a correlation between food and health (sad, but true). The point is: people must change the way the look at food if they have any chance of being healthy. This is what Jamie Oliver is doing – educating people about food, which helps change mindsets.

    I commend Jamie for his Food Revolution initiative and that he is making positive change happen in the food industry! I’m definitely watching his new show this Friday (missed last week)!! Might just be my new favorite show…we’ll see :)

    I totally agree with you – weight loss IS a choice, just as what we put in our mouth is a choice. We can’t put all the blame on the food industry – they just give more of what the public wants. The public is now demanding more organic and they are providing more organic options. We must demand healthy, natural, organic food if we want more of it.

    I know I’m preaching to the choir here, just had to get that out there 😉 Thanks for sharing this video!

  • Francine  March 26, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Good for you Jamie. It is thinking and public declarations like the one that David Letterman espouses that continues the thinking that we can’t do anything about anything, so just keep doing what you have always done.

    It takes courage, not only to go public with your beliefs, but to change your lifestyle to become healthier and ignore the continual battering of our thoughts and minds to eat junk food and make life simpler by using processed packaged food.

    Keep up the good work Jamie, more and more people are making the change and salute you for your great food and eating ideas.

  • MeKe  March 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    First, of all I find Jamie Oliver to be quite smug. His attitude was very apparent on the ABC clip of his interview with the radio personality in WV, he was arrogant. He is presenting himself as the Savior that has come to save America. Bringing the word of healthy eating to the masses as though we are too ignorant to know this ourselves. There are plenty of intelligent people here in America that know about healthy living and many have written articles on the subject. We don’t need someone from England telling us how to live, especially with his attitude as though he is a food God, or better yet known as a Food Nanny. He visited WV and insinuated that they are the unhealthiest in America based on a gov’t statistics. I would like to see those statistics. While I am not denying there are obese people there, they are unfortunately every where. I have seen unhealthy eating practices and obesity in many locations. School lunches are an issue and have been for a long while, but it is in every area of the US not just WV. There have been numerous reports on that issue as well. I have said this for years and have made every effort to make sure that my children ate healthy lunches, which were usually from home. I do not think that we need him to tell us what we already know and what we KNOW WE need to do. I am also very offended that it was indicated that all children in WV don’t know what tomatoes or potatoes are. Though I have since relocated I am still from there and my family is quite intelligent. We are not obese. I am raising my children, I have five, to be organic and live green. Why is it that you all think that you need an English food nanny? Don’t you think that you can do it all by yourself?

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