Documentary "Fed Up"

This weekend, I saw the film Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric and featuring some well-known low carb/anti-processed foods people often mentioned on TuD (Gary Taubes, Robert Lustig). It was a powerful and sobering film! Has anyone else seen Fed Up, and what was your reaction?

Yes, I saw it a couple of weeks ago and it was indeed a lot to think about. My heart just ached for the kids who were overweight.
But, something has to be done about the burgers and fries and pre made food they serve in the school cafeterias.
It's all a bunch of politics. Myself, living in Minneapolis, am very familiar with the Schwan's deal of and them being the primary pizza supplier to schools. Disgusting.
Also made me really think about my own personal eating habits.
A must-see for everyone!!!

Here's the trailer.

Looks like a good one! I've been reading a lot the last few years regarding eating carbs and how it affects my BG. This led me to following several Paleo sites and monitoring their discussion about food, fitness, and health.

Limiting carbs, especially processed foods, has been one of the largest factors that improved my BG control. I am sobered when I walk out in public and see the obesity epidemic and realize how dominant diabetes will be in our society for many many years. It's sad because I think this is preventable. We need to escape the grip of the big-food corporations and their marketing and lies.

I haven't seen it but I read both of Gary Taubes' books and found them interesting. I'd like to check it out. It shouldn't surprise us that when we train kids to eat crap, they eat crap. One of my favorite things about my 15 year old is that last year she flipped the switch and started eating much healthier. Lots of veggies, fruit, avoiding junk food, etc. I'm not totally low carb gonzo but that's sort of what I took from Taubes', that the science is unsure because it's not tested and the # of carbs that's "low" seems somewhat uncertain now.

I'm planning to see it.

While a lot of the processed food we (and our children) eat is not the greatest stuff, in my opinion we obsess and focus far too much on it as the source/cause/factor in the epidemic of obesity we have in America.

In my view, a far, far, far more important change is our descent to slothfulness as a culture. I remember eating basically the same "unhealthy" crap when I was in grade school, but none of us were fat (well, most of us... there's always that unfortunate fat kid who takes the brunt of much of the bullying).

The difference was this:

  • Walk to school 15 blocks (yeah, that's right, to PRIMARY SCHOOL)
  • Very active recess in the morning, with all sorts of wild playground equipment that doesn't exist any more
  • Same activity at lunch
  • Again afternoon recess
  • Come home (walk 15 blocks), quick snack (graham cracker, some juice)
  • Immediately go back outside and play hard for 2-3 more hours before dinner
We could, and did, eat all kinds of absolute crap. Pixie sticks. Those little wax skeletons filled with colored sugar water. Hubba Bubba. A Hershey's bar was a quarter. I could go on and on.

Yet, we stayed fit and healthy.

I see the reverse of this today with my own kids who spend way too much time at home, watching TV or playing video games, etc. With friends. And this is the way it is all over, with everyone.

What took zero effort on the part of my parents to keep me fit and healthy requires a camp director to organize and execute these days as a parent. Sure, you can have massively active kids, but you have to do organized sports, clubs, etc.

We've done plenty of that, but it's a losing battle in our current culture.

Mike, I have a 15yo daughter (16 in July) who, all on her own, surprised us last summer by announcing she was going vegan (for those unfamiliar, that's the hard-core variety of vegetarian... no animal products AT ALL).

She's stuck to it. Looks great, says she feels great, is happy with what she's eating.

Coincidences are funny things...

Hi Dave: All good points, I agree. We definitely ate junk when I was a kid, and literally there was one fat kid in the school. One--and thankfully he was so funny he was not bullied. But we got a lot of exercise, for certain. I think what struck me in the film was how Pepsi/Coke/fast food have taken over school lunches. That was not the case when I was a kid, and it is eye-opening.

But the film is a good reminder to me to not eat processed foods. And it is a compelling film.

Dave do I need to point out the irony of saying it was ok to eat crap food throughout your childhood on a diabetes forum of which you are a member?

I got to see katie couric on Bill O'Rielly's and I was completely underwelmed.
I saw this as another rant against sugars. The answer is what creates the glucose in blood stream is yes sugars but also the dang grains and starches.

As a 30 year + type 2; I had early on cut the sugars out, jams, pops and candy and restricted in my diet. It turned out that was completely inadequate and
I completely missed the grains, breads, starches et all that were hammering my body! Once I did a whole meal menue scan, control and check and got the grains reefed back then I finally got mess under control.

It must be remembered that high fructose corn sugar is manufactured from the corn starch on pennies on the ton using the chemistry set.

I will cut back the sugars I eat and my problems solved. NOT! Good luck there.

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I haven't seen this but I will watch it if it's on when I watch tv. I do think there is way too much sugar and salt dumped into foods, pre made, at restaurants etc. not to mention sodas and so on. I think children and adults are eating way more sugar etc. than they used to in the past- A lot of it in the form of sweet drinks. And yes lets not forget pasta/grains etc. too. I don't feel activity levels make up or should make up for eating too much of these foods. It has gotten completely out of proportion. Fast food chains also use very unhealthy fats for the most part.

I was at a hospital cafeteria 3 weeks ago run by au bon pain where the only salad dressing options in little packets, although they were on the healthy side, all had sugar added in to them. I don't understand why salad dressing has sugar added into it, it's totally unnecessary. I always make my own and I never add sugar.

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My boyfriend and I watched this last night. He’s a huge comic book fan and mentioned that Kevin Smith has been very successful with the no sugar diet after he watched the movie. I am super excited to start our 21 Day Sugar and Carb Detox. Will keep y’all posted of our progress.

Sarah :four_leaf_clover:

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I found it upsetting regarding that young lady who wanted to lose weight desperately and it seemed noone was really helping. Why didn’t anyone tell her about LCHF? She worked so hard - why didn’t Mark Hyman go visit her house, too?

meee, what’s your salad dressing recipe? Please share! Yes, I’m interested in food.

I don’t know if I would call it a recipe: It’s very simple, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, paprika, and parsley that’s it! And then I add some salt to the actual salad after the dressing and toss again. :slight_smile: