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RCGP honours Jamie Oliver for his 'innovative work on nutrition'

TV chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver has received an honorary fellowship from the RCGP for his global campaign to promote healthier diets.

Mr Oliver was awarded the honour for ‘outstanding work toward the RCGP’s objectives’, including his campaign to tackle childhood obesity through changing the general public’s attitude to food and healthier school lunches.

The inclusion of weight management into the QOF, alongside added responsibility for the UK’s growing obesity problem have divided the profession, but on accepting his award Mr Oliver announced that ‘better food education is a doctor’s best friend.’

Chair Dr Clare Gerada said: ‘GPs have a huge role to play in encouraging our patients to eat healthier so that they keep well and enjoy their lives to the full. 

‘We are delighted to welcome Jamie to the College and hope that we can work together to promote healthier lifestyle choices for people right across the UK.’

Mr Oliver said: ‘To be recognised by the Royal College of GPs is very special and it gives me and my team even more of an incentive to carry on the work of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • Jamie has a lot in common with GPs; his sensible ideas were also totally ignored by cabinet ministers and politicians.

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  • Maybe some of the College officers should start taking some of Jamie's dietary advice?

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  • FRCGP (Pukka) or maybe FRCGP(ukka) ?

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  • Silly me....there's me thinking obesity was a public health issue.

    As for fellowship - what an insult to those who are struggling with membership at the moment. At least they have MBBS after their name.

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  • 10:34 MBBS meant something once ,maybe it still does but one may as well do anything get on tv talk some sense and hey presto fellowships honorary doctoral knighthoods .. You see these specimens deserve it as opposed to the MBBS holding brigade --after all it's their duty and what they stupid for
    Makes one wonder all the time was /is it really worth it was it all worth it should I have changed career should I change career I do know though wherever I go in the world it's the same ...MBBS is abused left right up down sideways .......would I do it all again , would I recommend it ,.....would I

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  • Studied not stupid ...sorry

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