A New Film Hopes to Change the Way Americans Think About Food
There’s a lot of buzz about “Fed Up,” a new hard-hitting film that takes on the food industry. The film, narrated by Katie Couric, accuses the federal government of being too lax with food makers, who are fueling a national sugar dependency that’s causing today’s kids to grow up obese.
The hot-button movie, which hit theaters May 9, warns that sugar is the real enemy–not fat–and chief culprit of the obesity epidemic. Thousands of products contain added sugar–ketchup, salad dressing, cereal, baked goods, pasta sauce–and, according to the filmmakers, our government’s food policy enables the problem by subsidizing cheap corn syrup and unhealthy school lunches.
Here are a few alarming facts and statistics highlighted in the film:
- This is the first generation of Americans expected to lead shorter lives than their parents.
- There are 600,000 food items in the U.S., and 80% of them have added sugar.
- Over 95% of Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades.
- By 2050, 1 out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes.
This last statistic really resonates with us at PreDiabetes Centers. We know how many people are at on the edge of developing diabetes–we see high-risk men and women of varying ages every day. And our clients have seen first-hand that diabetes can be prevented with good nutrition, among other treatment techniques.
Here’s the bottom line, according to “Fed Up”: Excess sugar is contributing to the risk of disease (including risk for diabetes, as they note). The filmmakers hope that this eye-opening, poignant documentary will make people realize that America’s diet needs to change.
At PreDiabetes Centers, we help our clients adopt a nutritious diet with a balanced amount of sugar, fat and salt, and packed with whole foods, vegetables, fruit, and whole grain products. You can catch a showing of “Fed Up” at select movie theaters, and, since you’re interested in nutrition, learn more about foods that can help prevent diabetes!