It's been said that, for the first time in history, we may be the first generation to live longer than our children. Kids view an average of 3920 food-related ads per year for products that are high in unhealthy fat, sugar, and sodium, according to the Fed Up website. While over 9 million adolescents are considered overweight, Americans consumed an average of 130 pounds of sugar in 2012.
Not only are we consuming excessive amounts of sugar in cookies, ice cream, doughnuts, pies, candies, cakes, and sodas but large amounts of sugar can sneak into the diet in foods marketed as healthful, high in fiber, good source of calcium or fat-free such as puddings, flavored milks, cereals, granola bars, frozen waffles, some yogurts, barbecue sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, applesauce and even soups and bagels.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a review of post-mortem examinations of American soldiers killed in the Korean War at an average age of just 23 years, showed that artery blockages were already present in 77 percent of the men. Their Asian counterparts were much less likely to have atherosclerosis, probably due to differences in diet. And, with even more fast food restaurants and highly processed products widely available in the last few decades, the American diet has only gone downhill.
As rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, metabolic disorders, inflammatory diseases and other preventable ills continue to climb alarmingly, we need to learn how to decipher labels and get serious about diet makeovers. Seeing the film, Fed Up, is a good start.
From broadcast journalist Katie Couric, filmmaker and author of “The Family Cooks” Laurie David, and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed Up’s message is about America’s addiction to unhealthy food. Covering issues from childhood obesity to the insidious practices of big food companies to the lack of political will to address the problems, the documentary aims to change the way Americans eat.
Fed Up opened in theaters nationwide on May 9, 2014 and starts playing in Houston May 16 at the Sundance Houston and the AMC Studio. See this schedule for other cities and dates.