Tonight I decided to take it easy and make it a Netflix night. It seems like a lot of my nights lately have consisted of Netflix binging but hey, don’t judge! Tonight I settled on the Fed Up Documentary.
This Fed Up documentary caught my eye because the caption on the main image said “The movie that will change the way people think about eating” and “Congress says pizza is a vegetable”.
According to IMDB, the movie summary is:
“Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did. Written by Sundance Film Festival“
The Fed Up Documentary focuses on these few points:
- We have a worldwide epidemic of obesity
- Sugar is the main culprit of obesity issues (is more addictive than cocaine!)
- The food industry is to blame for increased sugar consumption because it is aware of the affects sugar has on it’s customers yet they will put hidden sugar in processed foods and try to market them as healthier versions. They are aware of the issue but don’t take products off the shelves to help the cause.
- The government is also to blame because it has failed to control the food industry even though they know it’s going in the wrong direction and causing health care costs to spike.
Overall, I would give this movie about a 9 out of 10 stars. I thought it had a lot of good points and was able to introduce some complex topics in simple ways. For example, one of my favorite topics was when they discussed how all calories aren’t equal and one calorie doesn’t always equal one calorie. In other words, you shouldn’t always just track calories alone, but look for more nutritional calories so your body is fueled right. In their example, they talked about eating 160 calories of almonds vs 160 calories of a soft drink and how your body reacts completely different to the same amount of calories.
I won’t give away too much more information about the movie because I really encourage you to watch it yourself!!!
Have you seen the Fed Up Documentary? If so, leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!!
I’d love to hear what you thought about the Fed up documentary!!!