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Last night Erik and I watched this film that came out on DVD earlier this month. We rented it through iTunes for $4.99 for anyone interested in watching it right away.
It's difficult to summarize all of the information presented in this film as it's filled with so much detailed content (including quotes from experts, real world examples, studies and more). While I did "know" we have a serious problem in our country, watching this in-your-face film still was shocking in many ways.
The documentary ultimately shows how our society has been conditioned to think that "calories in equals calories out" and that exercise is the solution to obesity. We often victim blame and receive messages that gaining weight is a person's own lack of will. In reality, we are living in a place where so many unhealthy foods are normalized, and even worse, unhealthy foods are disguised to be actually seem healthy.
Kids specifically are put in the spotlight throughout the film and it made me so sad to watch. These pre-teens and teens are not only at risk physically, but are also living in a depressed state, wanting to lose weight, but not knowing how. To put in the effort but have so many pieces stacked up against you is a horrible place to be. We must work together to change this reality.
A couple moments that really caught my attention involved two different moms of overweight children. While each one made the sincere attempt to help their children be healthier, these moms shopped for foods they are told are good-for-you choices. Unfortunately they are not. "Mom A" pulled out a box of reduced fat crackers and noting that she goes for low fat and "cereal is a good go to for almost any meal replacement" because of its low fat content. A few minutes later "Mom B" says her son enjoys Hot Pockets, so she buys the Lean Pockets, thinking this is a smart and healthy alternative.
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As someone who personally fell victim to the processed food health claims for many, many years, this situation is extremely frustrating. This is why I now work to promote messages of eating real food often, limiting processed foods, not looking at calories and calories alone, and in the past month specifically pushing a message of eating less sugar more often (as part of the LMF SugarLESS September challenge). The examination of sugar and its addictive nature is a major element throughout the film. One expert noting that sugar is eight times as addicting as cocaine! Isn't that crazy?
So as already mentioned, this is REALLY difficult to recap everything in the movie in just one post, but this is just a start to pique your interest. My writing can't give it the justice it deserves, so you must watch it instead. While I have been on my healthy living journey for quite a while, watching this film renewed my passion for spreading the message of health. It's not easy to stay healthy in our world today. It requires daily intention, planning and sacrifice. With that said, the long term rewards are well worth it. It's good to get a reminder of this truth.
Fed Up also inspired my fiancé to start eating healthier, too. He's making the commitment to cook more often and give up his regular dessert habit in exchange for special occasions. I had to leave after watching the movie and was happily surprised to come back a few hours later to see him cooking away at midnight after a late night healthy grocery trip to get started right away. I'm so proud (and excited as long as he shares some of these new cooking creations)!
Have you seen the film or do you plan to watch it soon? After you do, please leave your thoughts on it below. What will you do to take your learnings and apply them to your real world life? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Hope you find it as good as I did.