"Fed Up (Soechtig, 2014)." narrated by Katie Couric, focuses on the growing link between sugar consumption and the obesity epidemic. The film aggressively attacks the food industry, advertising, and the government who, it claims, all contribute to the U.S. sugar-dependent, obesity problem. The film sets out to prove the government, and food industry is knowingly causing an increase in the amount of obese children. It reserves its most critical comments for government advisory panels who make and enforce food and health policy, and its failure to properly regulate the food industry. They claim lobbyists for the sugar board have been instrumental in the removal of negative statistics from research papers worldwide. Instead of addressing the problem with the truth, that sugar is the cause, society is instead told the reason for obesity is lack of exercise and self-control.
They cover the 1976-1977 McGovern Committee of the U.S. Senate who initially advocated a “low fat” diet, a position affirmed by a few more advisory committees on diet and health during the 1980s and 1990s. According to the film, consumers entered this epic journey adopting low fat diets and actually gained weight, because we replaced the missing fat by increasing the consumption of sugar-dense products. The film refers to ‘low fat’ diets as those containing about 30% of dietary calories that was recommended by policy makers. Missing from the film are the effects of a multiplicity of dietary factors and nutrients, which prevent a wide range of seemingly diverse diseases, because of this the one conclusion we are left with is that sugar causes all obesity. One of the interviewed scientists, Dr. Robert Lustig, said that there is “really good dat...
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...d people who refused to be interviewed, very little opposition to its views, so it has been argued that it is a one sided presentation of facts. Whether or not this is the case has little bearing on the fact that the movie did a very clear, emotionally charged, and seemingly factual, job of presenting its case. In the end viewers are left believing that sugar is a leading factor in the issue of childhood obesity and the illnesses that come with it. Furthermore, Fed Up gave all of us somewhere to place that blame, directly at the feet of big corporation, lobbyists, and our own government. If the viewer still doubts the science behind sugar toxicity, after watching Fed Up, the movie even invites viewers to join the Fed Up Challenge, go sugar free for 10 days. The viewer, can sign up at www.fedupmovie.com and learn what products to avoid while on the ten-day journey.
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