I’m frightened at the large number of overweight children (and adults) I see around town. And not surprisingly the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease in June 2013.
Post-film Q&A with Fed Up associate producer (and former Tucsonan) Mary Beth Callie on opening night, Friday, May 23 at 7:30pm!
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. Director Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) and producer/narrator Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why – despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity – generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did. Through riveting interviews and sharp examination of data, Fed Up reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the US government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. Soechtig and Couric illustrate the effects by following three obese children as they live their daily lives, fighting an uphill battle to lose weight. The lessons offered in Fed Up are an essential primer for living a healthier lifestyle. Learning them may add years to your life. (Dir. by Stephanie Soechtig, 2014, USA, 92 mins., Rated PG, RADiUS-TWC) Digital
It’s time to see this movie and learn what we can do to combat this “disease” by eating more healthy foods and exercising more.