Last week I saw a movie that made rethink the food I eat. The documentary Fed Up is out to prove that everything we have been told about eating and exercise is completely wrong. Fed Up sheds light on the issues of childhood obesity and our country’s sugary diets. It discloses things that the government has been trying to hide for 30 years about the sugar industry, processed foods and the food children in America eat at school.I was blown away by facts like one 20-ounce bottle of soda contains the equivalent of approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar and one soda a day increases a child’s chance of obesity by 60%. (According to Fed Up website) The statistics make the issues seem real, but more so, the stories of the individuals impacted by obesity and weight loss struggles illustrate the problem.
Watch the preview above and you will get a glimpse at the issue. It inspired me to want to participate in the 10 Day challenge that Katie Couric (who is an executive producer) was on, which includes eliminating all sugar from your diet. This sounds extremely challenging considering the kinds of foods we are accustomed to eating today, but I would love to try it so I can actually realize how much sugar I unconsciously consume. Because of my travel schedule for work, I won’t be able to fully commit for a few months, but until then, I will be keeping an even closer eye on the ways sugar sneaks into my meals every day.
Comment below and let me know what you think of the movie, or the issue itself. And if you are planning to take the Fed Up Challenge, best of luck and please keep me posted on how it’s going! (Tweet me at @Gourmet_Gab using the hashtag #FedUpChallenge.)
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