I was contacted last week to see if I would be interested in pre-screening the new documentary FED UP and, of course, I jumped at the chance!! This movie was already on my list of movies I wanted to watch, so to be able to see it before it comes out? Well, I’m not going to turn that opportunity down. 🙂
This documentary focuses mostly on the obesity problem in America, especially that of our youth. It’s not quite as simple as exercising more and eating less. The processed food industry plays a HUGE role in keeping so many Americans overweight. I mean, seriously, they formulate their foods so you actually become addicted to them! And then when the ‘low fat craze’ of the 90’s began, the food industry decided to replace fat with SUGAR! And TONS of it! Because, let’s face it, if you remove the fat from food, it tastes awful!
Isn’t that statistic crazy?!?! There is no need for all this added sugar. A little over a year ago, I would have said that fact didn’t bother me because I assumed that’s how food was made in order to taste good. However, real food already tastes good…unlike processed food, which has to be formulated to taste that way in a laboratory with way too many artificial ‘non food’ ingredients! And our foods can also be sweetened naturally with bananas, applesauce, medjool dates, and more. These foods also contain FIBER, which help keep us fuller longer. The sugar in all of these processed foods these days is what’s causing the obesity epidemic! And, really, if you cut out sugar or reduce your consumption drastically, your taste buds will change! And I can attest to that fact 100%. I used to drink pop (soda). Not a lot, but I would probably drink a few each week. I stopped completely when I got pregnant with my first child over 5 years ago. When I tried it again for the first time after she was born, I couldn’t believe how bad it tasted. And now? I drink one sip maybe every 6 months just to remind myself, “Yep, that’s WAY too sugary…and I still don’t like it.” I know many people out there love their pop/soda…but, I think we all know by now that there is NOTHING beneficial that comes from consuming it.
Another thing that I thought was really interesting… When the film was showing some of the processed foods that line grocery store shelves, I had truly forgotten that people still have access to (and buy) this stuff. When you eat REAL FOOD, you’ll find you don’t even walk down most of those aisles anymore! It was really eye-opening to me, especially knowing how far my own family has come on this journey. I’m not saying we eat perfect 100% of the time…but I am so proud of how far we’ve come and how much we’ve learned about where our food comes from and what ingredients are harmful to our bodies. I just wish that the rest of the population would have all the information they need so we could demand changes from the food industry. That’s where this documentary comes in. Please go see this movie and then tell your family and friends that they should go see it, too. It’s important for the future health of our children and their children!!
You can watch the Fed Up trailer here:
Remember when cigarettes were so popular? Well, okay, I don’t actually remember this…I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life, BUT…I’ve seen plenty of old cartoons where the main characters are enjoying one. It’s appalling and shocking to me now that this used to be completely normal and ‘okay’ on kid shows. The hope is that one day we’ll look back on all these processed food commercials that are geared towards kids and say the same thing! I’m so glad that my kids only watch PBS or shows on Netflix. On the random occasion that they catch a show that has commercials for kid’s products, I get bombarded with requests for every single item! Seriously…my daughter will even give me selling points on why the product would be helpful for ME! She may have a future in sales… 😉 Anyway, the point is that commercials geared toward kids are highly effective, but they’re not selling organic apples and broccoli! Nope…it’s sugary cereals, hot pockets, dye-filled drinks, “sports drinks,” and more. I sure hope some day these will be ‘demonized,’ just as cigarettes were several years ago. This movie will definitely make you think and it asks a lot of ‘what if’ questions…but you’ll just have to go see it for yourself!
FED UP starts playing in theaters starting tomorrow, May 9th. Please go see it!