This post is brought to you by FED UP. All opinions are my own.
FED UP is touted as the movie the food industry doesn’t want you to see, and I can understand why. After just watching the trailer and seeing the posters for the film, I’m starting to rethink my own eating habits. Now, let me make something clear, I don’t have a problem with sugar in foods in general. Sugar plays a role in our body’s functions just like protein and fat. I enjoy my chocolate way too much to ever completely give it up. I do think, however, that we have become an over-sugared society.
Think about it: sugar is everywhere. From our candy to our spaghetti sauce to our beverages. We ingest way more sugar than we ever did, and we’re paying for it. According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.3% of the population has diabetes. I am probably at a risk for it myself, as my diet stinks and I’m overweight. I know I need to make changes. I think most of us feel the same way. It’s hard, though, when you’re living on a tight food budget and high-sugar, processed food costs way less than healthy options!
FED UP: The Movie that Will Change Your Thoughts on Food Forever
FED UP is a brand new documentary from Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig. It opened across the country on May 9th. The movie follows the journey of several kids as they discuss their own struggles with weight. Soechtig started filming before the movie even had a budget. She had a brilliant idea to send out flip cameras to several kids and ask them to use it as a journal. Every two weeks, the kids would return the cameras for downloading, then get it back to continue. The result is a movie that interweaves the kids’ personal stories with experts on healthy eating and the food industry.
Check out the trailer to learn more, or visit the official FED UP website.
Startling facts about our food and its effects on our health
FED UP shares some really startling facts that will make you think. These include:
- Information about how, after the release of the first dietary guidelines, obesity rates and diabetes actually started to increase!
- From 1977-2000, experts estimate that Americans have doubled their daily sugar intake.
- By 2012, half of all public schools in the US served fast food, thanks to budget cuts by Ronald Reagan in 1981.
- Kids who watch television with food commercials tend to consume significantly more snacks than those who either don’t watch TV or aren’t exposed to food commercials.
Take the FED UP Sugar-Free Challenge
Are you ready to give cutting out sugar a try? Take the FED UP challenge to go sugar free for 10 days, starting on May 12th. . I honestly don’t know if I’d make it, but I’m willing to give it a go. For me, the biggest challenge would be getting used to unsweetened coffee. Head over to the FED UP challenge to sign to pledge.
I’m all about preaching moderation (although I need to learn to practice what I preach!). I don’t believe that we need to give up an entire food group to live a healthy life. I do feel that we should try to eat more natural sugars, like in whole fruits. I also believe that we should be educated about what we choose to put into our bodies. A lot of highly respectable people worked on FED UP to help open our eyes. The least we can do is listen with an open mind. Knowledge is power, and we seem to know very little about our food these days.
$50 Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway
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