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FED UP is an Eye Opening Documentary on the Obesity Epidemic

For decades Americans have been told that to live a healthy lifestyle and remain physically fit we must follow one simple rule: eat less and exercise more. But the problem isn’t that simple, and isn’t that the way it usually goes? Fed Up, a documentary brought to you by Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, explores why, despite media attention and government policies to combat obesity, generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents.

The problem has many layers but at it’s heart Fed Up addresses the dirty little secrets of the food industry – and it’s largest problem? Sugar.  

Did you know that our RDA for sugar is only 6-9tsp a day? But as we follow a group of families, more specifically their children, we see just how much we surpass this recommend limit on a daily basis. For more than two years Fed Up documents a group of children who are obese and working towards the “tried and true” method of diet and exercise to live healthier lives. 

 “If a foreign nation was causing the obesity in our children that we currently are, we would probably go to war.” – Former President Bill Clinton

What I saw, as I watched this journey broke my heart and made me absolutely sick inside. In the diet of these children I saw so many of the “healthy” choices I make every day for my family. From yogurts to cereals and even peanut butter. Unbeknownest to them, me and even you, we’re consuming copious amounts of added sugar – as many as 8times the recommended RDA by eating a seemingly “Healthy” diet. Take a look at some of the sugary choices you may find in your pantry in this sugar comparison. 

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In many captivating interviews with the country’s leading experts, FED UP lays bare a decades-long misinformation campaign “orchestrated by Big Food and aided and abetted by the U.S. Government.” One of the most horrifying pieces of evidence was a study conducted by Princeton University.

In a study of 43 cocaine addicted mice, when presented with the choice of cocaine or sugar water, 40 of the mice chose sugar water every time. 

As a chronic soda addict the facts presented on sugar addiction resonated me on a very personal level. As did the following statistic:

 This film is nothing if not an eye opening experience. I highly recommend seeing it – Fed Up opened in theaters today.  

Also see the The Fed Up ChallengeOn May 12, join the #FedUpMovie team in going sugar free for 10 days. Take the pledge.

I was provided a link to pre-screen this movie in my home. All opinions remain my own.



Ashley spends her days avoiding run-ons as she turns words from yellow to chartreuse and wearing out the M & N keys writing about Travel, DIY, and Tech. She hopes to inspire the masses to travel and LIVE happily one InstaTweetPin at a time.

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  1. May 14, 2014 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I’d love to see this. I am now monitoring what I eat and it is SHOCKING!

  2. May 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm — Reply

    Wow, I had no idea! Some of the items you’ve listed I had on my “healthy list”! Thank you for sharing it!

  3. May 13, 2014 at 10:22 am — Reply

    What an eye-opening post! I’m on a mostly clean diet and don’t eat most of the foods that were mentioned but it is insane that something like TOMATO SAUCE can be so full of sugar!

  4. May 13, 2014 at 8:09 am — Reply

    That is so horrible. Definitely an eye-opener. Will have to keep a better eye on what I buy.

  5. May 13, 2014 at 7:35 am — Reply

    I’m really into documentaries anyhow, but this subject is bound to be fascinating. I’d like to see it.

  6. May 13, 2014 at 7:19 am — Reply

    OH MY GOD! That seems a must watch documentary!

  7. Chasity Boatman
    May 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm — Reply

    I love documentaries. I’ve heard of this one but have yet to see it. It’s unbelievable that Prego has so much sugar. It’s crazy.

  8. May 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to seeing this. My husband and I are overweight, but we are making the changes we need to make so that our son doesn’t get overweight.

  9. May 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm — Reply

    Extremely informative post.. those stats are staggering.

  10. May 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    wow those numbers are crazy! I didn’t realize there was that much sugar in the pasta sauce, we just ate that tonight,explains why my kids are so hyper right now! UGH ! Thank you for posting this! I need to be more diligent at reading labels!

  11. Amanda @ Erickson and Co
    May 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy watching documentaries like this one.

  12. May 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    Wow; this looks like an excellent documentary with a vital message to our population. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  13. May 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    I saw Katie Couric on The Daily Show last week and the trailer intrigued and pissed me right off. Our food industry has transformed into something downright disgusting. I can’t wait to see this movie, though I will be waiting until it comes on the movie channels on DirecTV. Can you imagine watching this while being tempted by movie theater popcorn!?

  14. May 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    It’s shocking what has sugar in it. I think obesity is a huge problem in our country and we need to battle it!

  15. May 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    Holly crap those are scary statistics!!! I really thought we were doing good, but I can see there are still areas I need to look out for. Thankfully we only do the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches one day a week as a treat, but we eat that yogurt and think its healthy! UGH!! We don’t have an obesity problem in our house, but I still don’t want my kids consuming sugar I didn’t even realize they were. Thanks for this.

  16. May 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I’ll be quite interested to see this documentary. I know that sugar is a big issue in our house and I”m convinced it is quite addictive (which is why I am having a hard time dropping extra weight.)

  17. May 12, 2014 at 11:41 am — Reply

    Very interesting post! I agree that something definitely needs to be done about the obesity in our country but it doesn’t seem the marketing industry really cares much.

  18. May 12, 2014 at 10:54 am — Reply

    I love these kinds of documentaries! Sounds very interesting! Will def be checking it out!

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