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The basic premise of the documentary is that sugar is the primary culprit in our diet-- we have it in abundance, and add it to absolutely everything (especially things that are supposed to be 'healthy' by being low fat). High Fructose Corn Syrup is even added to the bread you buy off the shelf at the store. Our metabolisms aren't designed to handle this, and it winds up changing our hormones, which drives us to eat more than we ought to, and move less than we would otherwise. That is, it's the driver of calories in calories out, not the other way around.
Even though the documentary does an excellent job of establishing this, it makes some very problematic choices that I think will ultimately undermine its core message. The primary thing it does is recommends a lot of federal mandates and changing laws. It holds up former NYC mayor Bloomberg's work to outlaw sodas over a certain size as heroic, and asserts the reason why it failed was only because of a funded media storm.
This is not why it failed. It failed because Americans don't like being told what to do. They /really/ hate that-- even if what they're being told to do is good for them. Asserting that passing laws to force people to eat better is the right solution greatly ignores the culture it's directed toward. A much better solution would be to fix the federal guidelines to show the true culprit, improve education concerning nutrition science so people know what the true cause of being fat is, and get consumers to demand products that have less sugar.Read more ›
The artificial cheapness of American food can be laid straight at the government's feet, in what it (really we, the taxpayers) subsidizes. Subsidies originated in the 1930s as a way to underpin the production of cheap, storable carbohydrates during the Depression and Dust Bowl. It's completely counterproductive now, and corn and soy production are ruining our soil. It's good for somebody, but those somebodies are Monsanto, Coca-Cola, et al., NOT us.
How about a vegetable subsidy? Or a grassland incentive program, to encourage production of pastured beef and chicken. Feeding these creatures the all-grain diet that they now get at certain points in their lives is as bad for them as it is for us - and we end up eating their poor nutrition when we eat them.
True, realigning subsidies with what is actually good land stewardship, humane animal husbandry and good nutrition for animals and people would bring several industrial sectors to their knees.Read more ›
Movie website: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home
Key highlights from the movie include a history lesson in the increase of sugar in our pre-packaged foods, why public school lunches are so bad for our children, and why the US Congress isn’t doing anything about it!
Two criticisms of the movie are the profile of obese children without showing/explaining what exactly the children are eating day to day and the lack of discussion on personal responsibility.
Several children and teenagers are followed throughout the movie. But the movie makes little to no effort to explain exactly what the kids are eating on a daily basis. While there are scenes with the kids eating, it doesn’t provide the viewer with any details on what unhealthy foods the kids are eating over the course of a week or month.
More concerning is the lack of personal responsibility addressed in the film. For obese Americans or the parents of obese children looking for an excuse, the commentary in the movie makes it easy to blame industry and government. Ultimately it is a personal responsibility. While the food industry is completely culpable and the US Government is only allowing the situation to get worse, individual Americans and parents must take responsibility and make better choices. Because in the end it is your life and the lives of our children at stake.
As of Jan ’15 the movie Fed Up has 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon reviews.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must see movie... !!!! Makes you aware of sugar and food industry market manipulation.Published 17 minutes ago by Ernesto Infante
This documentary really opened my eyes to the obesity problem in our country. I highly recommend everyone view it.Published 4 days ago by Shannon DeWeese
So important to know what we really give our families in their plates...Published 11 days ago by cartercan
Completely changed how I look at food. I'm 49 and when I watched this movie for the first time I weighed close to 282 lbs. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Peter
Everyone needs to see this movie. It will change the way that you look at food.Published 16 days ago by Barbara Islas
Very enlightening review. If you at all concerned about the obesity issue in the US you need to watch this movie.Published 1 month ago by Diane Mc