After years of news reports and PSAs, people are desensitized to the constant flow of information about our health.
We know weights are up, our children are obese and America is sick. It’s easy to brush it off as alarmist nonsense and flip the channel.
Ninety-three minutes of it is a little harder to ignore.
By the time the credits rolled and the lights came up, I was livid. Fed Up compiles the information on sugar’s impact on the American diet and presents it in a way that is, frankly, shocking.
According to the documentary, food corporations and governmental groups with stake in the food industry have essentially issued a gag order on accurate nutritional information. Every time the government attempts to regulate the industry, the people behind processed foods argue that it is not the governments place to interfere in people’s lives.
The people are being lied to.
The so-called “energy balance” isn’t what’s making Americans obese, at least not according to “Fed Up.” People who are at a healthy weight are experiencing the same internal symptoms as those that are overweight as a result of excess sugar in the diet.
Above all, Fed Up is a wake-up call. I worry that the eye-opening documentary will go the way of Super-Size Me and Food, Inc. — doomed to drone on in front of half-asleep students while a substitute teacher monitors health class.
It deserves better than that.
Fed Up is smart, well put together and impactful. Personal stories intermingle with infographics, interviews and news footage. The finished product is something that remains engaging despite its “old news” status.
It isn’t a fun film to watch. In fact, it was unpleasant. I left the theater angry and walked into my apartment raving to roommates about what i had just seen. But maybe that’s the point.
I’m not happy about what I saw, but I’m certainly glad I’ve seen it. Fed Up deserves America’s attention.