Jamie Oliver labelled a ‘hypocrite’ and slammed for lecturing on obesity

Jamie Oliver. (PHOTO: George Pimentel/Getty Images)
Jamie Oliver. (PHOTO: George Pimentel/Getty Images)
George Pimentel

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has landed himself in hot water!

Some social-media users have branded him a hypocrite for praising prime minister Boris Johnson’s anti-obesity plan.

Johnson has launched a new health campaign aimed at getting the nation to “embrace a healthier lifestyle”, The Sun reports.

The Better Health campaign will encourage doctors to prescribe exercise, require calorie labels at restaurants and restrict buy-1-get-1-free deals for fast food.

During an interview with Channel 4 News, Jamie (45) praised the campaign as a “ potentially pivotal movement”.

“For myself and other campaigners who’ve been really trying hard to get some kind of centring of a campaign to improve child health in this country for many years, like decades, this feels like a bit of a moment,” he said.

“Hopefully what we have the potential of here in the UK is one of the best child health strategies in the world. Fingers crossed.”

Acid-tongues trolls were quick to point out the irony of the chef’s comments as he serves up calorie-heavy recipes himself, the Daily Mail reports.

“Jamie Oliver is a massive hypocrite!” one wrote. “Telling the whole country to lose weight when I don’t think a single one of his recipes is less than 1 000 calories! Even the salads are swimming in olive oil.”

“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 liberally pours 300+ calories into his dishes for absolutely no reason at all,” another user wrote.

Source: The Sun, Channel 4 News, Daily Mail