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Fed Up
This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry,...  View more >

Starring Katie Couric

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May 27, 2014
"Fed Up" follows the path laid down by many documentaries before it by exposing facts in clear and concise terms, even using infographics to make the point clear. Many correllations are being made in reviews of this movie to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, but I think that such a comparison may be overstated.

While compelling and thought-provoking, Fed Up's weakness is its single-minded focus on shifting the blame for childhood obesity from the children and their families squarely onto the processed food industry. There is some balance in the reporting, but this is clearly a movie intended to demonize that industry, and it says so in so many words.

Perhaps providing balance would have shifted the movie's tone and ended up confusing its message, I don't know, but viewers looking for the facts on all sides of this important issue will need to look at the subtle cues provided in the movie and also come away from the movie with the realization that there are many factors involved.

That's not to say that the processed food industry and even the government isn't complicit in creating lifelong customers for its products in not-so-honest ways. Many correllations are made between smoking and the tobacco industry in our recent past to what is happening now with sugared foods. That's probably the most effective part of the movie. When you see how similar they are, it's a little unsettling!

You can't help but feel for the overweight 12-year-old who appears to be living an active lifestyle but can't shed the weight that kills her self-esteem and makes her a target of ridicule and judgement. Her situation illustrates the movie's case brilliantly. More subtle, however, is the boy who is incredibly overweight, and while complaining about how it's got him down, the movie shows him watching television in a recliner and chowing down on snacks that his mom just brought home from the store. It's not a complete picture, but it does point a finger at lifestyle and personal choices being part of the issue. It's too bad the movie didn't bring that fact up as a counterbalance to "the food industry is evil" mantra.

Probably the most telling part of the movie is when it shows how powerful the food industry's influence is when it pressures the government to not only adjust health guidelines in the United States, but also gets the Health and Human Services Secretary to strong-arm the World Health Organization to change their guidelines as well. Take a look at the nutrition label on any food item, say a can of soda or a box of cereal, and look at the number for "sugars" and then look for the percentage of the Recommended Daily Allowance figure that accompanies may of the other numbers in that chart.

It's missing. Wonder why? Check out the movie, and then take a look at the official web site to find out.

It's making me think about the choices I make, so for that reason, the movie is a success in my book.

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