Are you “Fed Up” yet?


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.

It’s time to see why we are becoming a nation of such large people.  Opening on May 23 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, co-presented by Community Gardens of Tucson.

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.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Very powerful & disturbing movie about how processed foods and sofa have contributed to the unhealthy eating habits of people (around the world). Several obese American teens were interviewed, all trying to lose weight, and afraid of major health issues by the time they turn 20. The movie advocates eating of “real foods” (fruits/vegetables and unprocessed food with lots of added sugar & corn syrup). More exercise is a part of the solution, but blaming the victim is not. Let us rethink our eating habits and what we eat each day.

  2. Bill Maher interviewed the medical expert behind this film and he was careful to stress that this isn’t just about size and obesity. He said he was seeing the same kinds of problems in patients of all weights resulting from our diets. It’s a mistake to make an assumption about a person’s health or habits based upon their size.

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