Fed Up Documentary

Directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig and co-produced and narrated by TV personality and journalist, Katie Couric, the American documentary film Fed-Up first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and is now making its debut in theaters nationwide.

The firm focuses on America’s addiction to unhealthy food and the potential biases behind the USDA dietary guidelines that have led to rising childhood obesity rates and the staggering statistic that today’s generation of kids is expected to live shorter lives than their parents. Fed up follows several teenagers via emotional video diaries documenting their attempts to manage their growing weight in a world of cheap processed food and poor school nutrition programs.

The film interviews several well-known influencers in the field of nutrition including Dr. Robert Lustig, Michael Pollan, Gary Taubes, Marion Nestle, Mark Bittman, Dr. Mark Hyman, and more. Each chimes in on the flawed “calorie in calorie out” theory, fat-free diet craze and increased sugar in processed foods which has created a health crisis of increased rates of diabetes and obesity in our country.

The film is intended to raise awareness and encourage action among big food companies, politicians and the public. Couric hopes that the food industry will begin taking responsibility for its harmful products as the tobacco industry has done in the past. There are over 600,000 food items in America and 80% of them have added sugar. Dr. Robert Lustig says it best: “sugar is poison.”

 

I went to see Fed Up with two of my dietitian friends this past Friday here in Chicago. The documentary does a great job increasing public awareness on the issues at hand and is certainly a must see for everyone!

Find out where Fed Up is playing in a theater near you and see Katie Couric’s ABC interview for more information.

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