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Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver Defends Apparent Weight Gain

ABC/BRANDON HICKMAN(QUEENSLAND, Australia) -- Celebrity chef and healthy eating enthusiast Jamie Oliver was on the defensive Tuesday when asked by reporters if he’d put on a few pounds.

“I don’t know. I am very healthy,” he told Australia’s Herald Sun. “Are you from a tabloid? Thank you for noticing, you b***h.”

The Naked Chef star was down under to launch the first Australian Ministry of Food, a school that offers free cooking lessons and healthy-eating education. But questions about his weight, prompted by pictures of the 36-year-old fresh off a plane and looking slightly puffy, quickly shifted the focus from public health to Oliver’s own.

“I do my best,” he told reporters. “Working in the food business is quite hard when someone is constantly asking you to try things."

“I eat fresh,” he said. “I train twice a week. I could definitely do better, but I am trying to do my best like most people when they hit 30.”

According to his U.S. spokeswoman, Kimberly Yorio, Oliver has managed to maintain his weight despite his hectic lifestyle.

“I can say for a fact he hasn’t gained any weight,” Yorio told ABC News. “They were bad pictures.”

Oliver is perhaps most famous for his “Food Revolution,” a campaign to curb obesity by promoting healthy cooking in homes and schools.

“Here’s somebody who’s really trying to pay it for by going places and trying to right what’s wrong,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. “He’s looking to advance a public health agenda, and I don’t ever recall him saying, ‘In order to do that I have to be an underwear model.’ I think we get carried away in anthropomorphizing these efforts.”

Katz also stressed that Oliver is a chef, not a nutritionist.

“I find it odd that everyone who’s ever eaten, cooked or lost weight is suddenly an expert in nutrition,” he said. “I don’t pretend that because I cook, I’m a chef.”

Keith Ayoob, director of the Rose R. Kennedy Center Nutrition Clinic at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said eating fresh food and working out twice a week isn’t necessarily synonymous with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

“Even if you’re eating good food, you can still eat too much,” he said. “It comes down to excess calories, from too much food or too little exercise.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


McDonald’s Announces End to ‘Pink Slime’ in Burgers

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- McDonald’s has announced that it will be discontinuing the use of the controversial meat product known as boneless lean beef trimmings in its burgers.

The product was recently brought to the attention of the public by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who derisively referred to it as “pink slime” on an episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

These trimmings, which consist of what’s left of the meat after all the choice cuts of beef are taken, are banned for human consumption in the UK, where they are instead used for dog and chicken food. They are legal for consumption in the United States, where they are treated with ammonium hydroxide in order to kill off bacteria such as E. coli and make it safe for human consumption.

Beef Products Incorporated, the company that had previously supplied McDonald’s with boneless lean beef trimmings, denied that Oliver’s show had anything to do with decision, saying it was made long before the show aired and was based on BPI’s inability to supply McDonald’s on a global basis. BPI also pointed to its recent placement on food safety advocate Bill Marler’s nice list and numerous food safety awards as evidence of its commitment to food safety.

McDonald’s also issued a statement confirming that this decision was long in the works.

Burger King and Taco Bell have also discontinued the use of boneless lean beef trimmings in their food.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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