Fed Up is an image-intense, doom and gloom type of film. About mid-way through there is a strong sense to do something, but you are unsure what that might be.
That should not detract from the major message and incredible visuals and discussion points presented over the course of the 90-minute movie. Katie Couric narrates the film relaying her experience as a broadcaster when stories began filtering through the news 30 years ago to the current explosion in conversation and international concern over the obesity epidemic. The villain this time is sugar and mostly sugar in processed foods. There are some pretty startling statistics and experts weighing in on the subject throughout the film including Michael Pollan, Dr. Mark Hyman, and former President Bill Clinton.
The most vociferous expert is Robert Lustig of the University of Pennsylvania. You won’t forget him defining sugar as a “chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin.” He has written a book called Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease in addition to his Kindle shopping guide called Sugar has 56 Names. If you need any reasons to ditch sugar, he will help you on your way.
There is a little too much focus on obesity, but by the end of the film, you begin to appreciate the full-extent of the sugar problem and how it is creeping into our lives everyday, even in Hong Kong. The discussion of fast food in school canteens and the slow creeping in of brands in primary schools is very disturbing. In Hong Kong, there have already been a couple of examples of widely recognized processed-food brands trying to make deals with schools, presenting children as young as four with chemicals and artificial flavours and colours.
Fed Up is uncomfortable to watch. It is a powerful projection of what our own community could be in 10 years if we do not take action now to prevent the shocking increase of type 2 diabetes and other diseases in young children. Watch Fed Up no matter where you are in your health journey, as it will give you ammunition to make better choices or validate what you already know.