Fed Up in a very important documentary. After watching it, I am shocked by the lack of action our government takes to protect us from dangerous foods. You will be sadden by the stories of families with obese children, desperately trying to improve their health, but unable to due to misinformation "fed" to the public about food.
Two years ago I was unaware of how poisonous the standard American diet really is. I was still counting calories and believed if I stayed under a certain number and exercised more I would lose weight and be healthy.
The most shocking fact I learned in Fed Up is that they do not put the daily percentage of sugar on food labels. How did sugar escape this common requirement? Lobbyists, pure and simple. Pick up any package with a food label and look. Everything else has a percentage, except sugar. The World Health Organization recommends no more than 25 grams of sugar per day. Well, 1 can of coke contains 33 grams. If they put the percentage of daily value of sugar on the label that one can would be over 100% and no one would drink it.
I don't want major food producers to go out of business, but I want them to play by the rules. Food is supposed to nourish, not poison. How amazing would it be if ADM went organic and started mass producing healthy soy products?
Infrastructure would have to change, attitudes would have to change, profitability & greed would have to change, but the scary truth is unless we change, our life expectancy is going to drop dramatically and our health care costs will be more unfathomable than they already are.
I remember former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks. I, like most people, thought it was a ridiculous waste of time and in some way imposed on civil liberties. I shared the "people are responsible for what they put in their bodies" way of thinking. That was before I knew how detrimental sugar is to health. Now I feel corporations don't have the right to make a product that is poisonous, market it as "just fine," and sell it in portions way above what any person should have. Mayor Bloomberg knew something that we didn't know yet. The more you know, I guess.
Many people who have chronic illnesses already know many of these scary truths, but is is definitely still worth a watch.
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"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf
I'm Kerry and I am a writer and licensed therapist. This is a positive space focused on how to thrive in any situation and the transformative power of illness.