I swear I am not being paid by the makers of this documentary to talk about this film. It is just THAT GOOD, I had to say something. I watched this documentary last night, after spending the day completing a mini qualitative research project. It had been on my “must-watch” list for a few weeks now, and after finishing this school project, I took the night off to watch it. My mind was blown.
“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 expose that uncovers why – despite media attention, the pubic’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity – generations of American children will not live shorter lives than their parents did.”
I have said that sitting is the new smoking, and I still think it is, but there is another culprit in the current obesity epidemic – sugar. This film revolves around the idea that sugar is the new smoking. The contributors to this film believe that the action needed to create a healthier population is similar to the fight against the tobacco industry. We now consider cigarettes digesting, disease-causing, and unhealthy… in 20 years, this is what we will consider added sugar.
Researchers, I mean those NOT funded by Coco-Cola and Kelloggs, have constantly and consistently been publishing scientific literature that attributes the rise in added sugar to the rise in obesity and chronic disease. The Big Food companies have strategically refuted this research and found really clever ways to come out on top, and infiltrate your food environment with more sugar. The power of this documentary is incredible, and I can’t describe it all in one post, all I can say is GO SEE IT.
Have you ever wondered why a nutrition label has %DV (percent daily value) for ALL components of a food EXCEPT sugar?
Seriously, go look at a label.
This documentary explains that gem of information and so much more. I am blown away at how strategic and clever the food industry is. The food environment that we think we have control over, has actually left us with very little control, “eating healthy is like swimming upstream… it is hard.”
Health Canada has recently proposed changes to the nutrition information panel, which included a listing of added sugar. Did you know that we should only be consuming 6-9 teaspoons of sugar per day? Take a look at the next packaged food you eat and check out the added sugar. Is your food labelled “low fat”? You can just change that label to say “double sugar” and it will still be accurate.
The simplest thing the documentary recommends to change our eating habits and reduce our sugar intake is to cook for ourselves. Not open up a can of spaghetti sauce, not add eggs and water to a muffin mix, but really and truly cook from scratch. Plus, it’s seriously delicious 🙂 There is a 10-day sugar detox that the film challenges viewers to participate in as well! You can check it out HERE!
I truly loved this film. It is really dramatic, but it is also talking about a really important and major issue in public health, so it kind of has to be dramatic. The biggest lesson I gathered from this documentary was to be an informed consumer. Remember what goals you have for yourself, which when you really think about, it probably to live the longest, healthiest, and happiest life you can. Think about that goal when you are buying groceries, when you are filling your plate, and when you are making every single food choice. It sounds like a lot of work, and it is, but it gets easier, and the more people that make healthy food choices, the more the food industries will have to cater to this demand for nutritious choices.
I seriously wasn’t paid to say this stuff, it just struck a chord. I HIGHLY recommend this documentary. Just ask my mom and brother, who had to listen to me talk about it all night last night. I ripped my headphones out of my ears about 73 times to tell them quotes and little facts while I was watching it. I said the words, “mind. blown.” about 91 times too.
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Have you seen Fed Up?
Was there a health and wellness documentary that struck a chord with YOU?