Pennar Community School pupils feature in Jamie Owen's new documentary Fat and Forty-something
12:01pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
FAT AND FORTY-SOMETHING: BBC Wales newsreader Jamie Owen and pupils from his old school in Pennar, where his new documentary was filmed. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney. (1334915)
A “BUNCH of pros” and “one take wonders” was how BBC Wales newsreader Jamie Owen described pupils at Pennar Community School, after returning to his old school to film the documentary Jamie Owen: Fat and Forty-Something earlier this year.
The programme sees Jamie take on a huge challenge – to lose a stone and change his lifestyle.
Jamie’s lost count of the amount of times he’s read out headlines about Britain’s growing obesity time bomb, our diabetes crisis, Wales’ habit of eating too much, drinking too much and not doing enough exercise.
“There are plenty of journalists like me boring us with the same old message and I thought it would be brutally refreshing to get my kit off and climb into an MRI scanner and have the cameras pointing at me – and it was rather uncomfortable,” he said.
The programme, which airs this Friday (October 11), was largely filmed in Pembrokeshire, including Jamie’s mum’s back garden as well as the school.
“I interviewed the children about what they ate, what they drank and how much exercise they did, and they interviewed me too,” said Jamie.
“The kids were hilariously funny. I wasn’t sure what we were going to get, because when you interview children they can go into lock down and get embarrassed, but they were hilarious.
“The pupils were pretty formidable interviewers and displayed impressive knowledge. They had obviously read up the day before and didn’t hold back – they were very strong.
They were also really interesting as well, talking about how many had skipped breakfasts, who cooks at home, who eats takeaways, who drinks fruit juice and who drinks cola.
“It was an interesting snapshot of Pembrokeshire health on one day in 2013.”
Jamie, who admitted he was as guilty as anyone for not eating as best he could, has lost a stone and a half since filming started.
“It was lovely being back at my old school in Pennar,” said Jamie. “It gave me a tremendous start in life.”
The documentary, which is part of a season looking at the health of the nation, will air on Friday, October 11, at 8.30pm on BBC One Wales.
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