It certainly shouldn't come as a surprise that ABC has renewed Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. The show -- which chronicled Oliver's attempts to improve school lunch in Huntington, West Virginia -- not only was a hit with fans and critics alike, but it also won an Emmy this week for outstanding reality series. Likely, the network execs want more of a good thing.
Instead of focusing on school lunch, however, Oliver will spend the second season of the show "helping people of all ages improve their eating habits in schools, homes, workplaces, and even restaurants." The goal of his newest undertaking is ambitious and commendable, but it's the location of the project that has me going "Huh?" This time around the show will move to: Los Angeles.
Do they even eat food there?
Okay, okay, it's lame to insinuate that the only people in L.A. are stick-thin, juice cleanse-obsessed celebrities starving themselves until their next audition.
Still, the choice of Los Angeles as the site for the newest Food Revolution is a little perplexing, especially when you remember that Oliver's reasons for choosing Huntington were nothing if not intentional: The West Virginia city was (allegedly) the most unhealthy city in America.
Surely, Oliver has heard of Men's Health Magazine and its annual list of "America's Fattest Cities." Why not go straight to the top of the list and pay a visit to No. 1 -- in this case Corpus Christi, Texas -- or any city in the Top 10 for the matter (which, unfortunately, is most likely to be in Texas). Why does Los Angeles, which is significantly farther down the list at No. 46, get special treatment?
Another idea: Oliver is all about eating healthy by incorporating fresh, local, seasonal food into a well-balanced diet. The simple fact of the matter is that Los Angeles -- and any other city in California -- has significantly more fresh food than other states in the nation simply because its growing season is among the longest. Why not give the Midwest -- which has one of the shortest growing seasons -- some love?
Or what about Vegas? There are thousands of unhealthy people there!
Call me regionalist, but I'm of the opinion that there are other cities that could benefit if not equally than more from Oliver's Food Revolution.
Which city is most in need of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution?
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