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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006, 11:50 GMT 12:50 UK
Oliver serves up fat suit warning
Jamie Oliver has been battling to improve the diets of youngsters

Chef Jamie Oliver donned a latex fat suit to highlight the dangers of junk food, as part of his TV campaign to improve the diet of British children.

He spent four hours in the outfit while filming a promotional trailer for Channel 4, in one scene his trademark scooter "collapsing" under his weight.

He will review progress in the one-off show Jamie's Return to School Dinners.

He is expected to argue that many of the government's promised improvements to school meals have yet to be seen.

Viewers to his programme have watched him struggle at times to persuade children to try dishes other than chips, burgers and other unhealthy foods.

He delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street and secured a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair, during which he outlined his concerns.

Jamie Oliver and Tony Blair
The chef delivered a petition to the prime minister in Downing Street
But when he won two Bafta TV Awards in May, Oliver showed his frustration at a perceived lack of progress in his campaign.

'Clear timetable'

He accused successive education ministers of using "the same bloody excuse" - that they had just started in their job - to put off acting on his recommendations.

However, the government responded by maintaining it had "set out a clear timetable for reform".

There was "no question of us taking our foot off the accelerator", a spokesman added.

A transmission date for Jamie's Return to School Dinners has yet to be confirmed but Channel 4 said it was likely to be towards the end of September.


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