Fed Up is a documentary about the food industry, the mass production of sugar, and our country's health crisis with obesity. This is different than Supersize Me because it is primarily focused on sugar and how much we're eating and not even realizing it.
I didn't know or realize that out of all of the ingredients listed on the back like protein, fiber, fat, and others, sugar is the only one without a percentage of daily intake. Congress tried to change this and were immediately prevented by large corporations like Coke and McDonald's. It also pointed out how food is advertised directly to children by using cartoons, sports heroes, and giving away toys. There are actually more laws on how food can be advertised to adults than children. This makes the already addicting sugar even more appealing when you add kid favorites.
It is a scientific fact that too much sugar causes many health problems and can lead to long term problems like diabetes. The inability for the government to regulate these industries and the health risk is the main problem in the film. They compared this situation to cigarettes and how it was culturally accepted to smoke, but when people finally realized what they were putting in their bodies because of warning labels and evidence of tobacco sellers lying, they stopped allowing it to be advertised with cartoons and after certain programs.
At the end of the film they invite you to accept the Fed Up Challenge. I decided I am going to take the challenge. The challenge is to go completely sugar free for 10 days. This is harder than it sounds because sugar is in a lot of things you don't even think about like salad dressing, granola, and yogurt.
I will be posting my meals and moods as the days progress. If you want to join the challenge go to FedUpMovie.com.