Flash Movie Review: Fed Up

Recently I was in a conversation about “comfort” foods; those items that soothe us in times of stress. One person said when they are upset they want macaroni and cheese, another goes for meats whether it be a steak or a slice of deli meat. My special foods pretty much live in the carbohydrate family like cookies, pretzels, potato chips and ice cream. Except for the ice cream (though food companies have recently remedied the situation) I eat things that can be popped whole into the mouth without taking a bite first. I find it quick and efficient without leaving any trace. Comfort food can remind you of a fond childhood memory. When I take the first bite out of a perfect french fry, my mind flashes with the image of my aunt standing over a pot of boiling oil, sliding strips of partially peeled potatoes into it from a wooden cutting board. Looking at a package of store bought chocolate chip cookies still reminds me of a rough period I was going through, where I would finish off the entire package in two sittings–lunch and dinner. I have been reading how the food companies are to blame for the obesity epidemic that is occurring presently. Do you think they should take the entire blame for it? In my opinion they are certainly at fault but I also believe each and every person needs to take responsibility for themselves. When a member comes up to me after class and asks how they can lose weight, I tell them it is basic math. You have to flush out more calories than you take in. The other bit of advice I tell them is to just physically move anyway they want, try not to put foods on top of other foods and to eat things from every color group. That is all I say about the subject. You probably have noticed how food sizes have changed along with their packaging. This documentary directed by Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) and narrated by newscaster Katie Couric will delve into the marketing and advertising of food. If you are a conscious eater many of the topics discussed in this Sundance Film Festival nominated movie will not be a surprise.  I did learn a couple of things and was surprised by one of the studies, but part of the time I felt I was being bombarded with facts upon facts. It left me a little dry and bored at times, though I realized the message the film was conveying was important. Hopefully this will not be a spoiler alert for any of you, but this film does do an excellent job of zeroing in on one of the main culprits–sugar. Despite its faults this is a film that would benefit anyone who takes an interest in their own health.


3 stars 


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 6, 2014, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m interested in watching this, but maybe a little bit a time -like sugar. 🙂

  2. I agree: A little excursive, everything in moderation (apart from Fridays for me) and try to eat all colours & food groups. It’s dull, cold winter days and so yes, comfort eating sloppy or stodgy carbs that gets me. USA and now UK companies don’t help by packaging everything in one giant tin, bag or tube. If we’re eating and chatting or watching the telly you’re not aware of how much you’ve eaten until it’s too late! We measure everything out in medium sized bowls & concentrate solely on our evening meal.

    • You are so right, the sizes are so over the top (no pun intended) and the way food is marketed these days has really changed the landscape of humanity. Thank you for coming by to leave your comments.

  3. Theatre of Pain

    I am a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic and I eat sugar in moderation which with any food product is key. I don’t have a large sweet tooth but I do have a weakness for Mountain Dew. In an effort to cut down on my corn syrup consumption however, I have switched to Mountain Dew Throwback and drink about 1 can per month. I’ve tried Splenda, Stevia, Truvia etc. but none of them are anywhere near as good as pure cane sugar and I refuse to drink diet drinks that contain Saccharin due to its own list of harmful effects and terrible aftertaste. If somebody tells you that Diet Mountain Dew taste just like regular Mountain Dew, they are lying; either to you or themselves.

    If you crave candies, Atkins has a wonderful line of low carb products similar to M&Ms (Both peanut and plain), PayDay candy bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. All are very tasty and help curve those cravings for carbohydrates but costing around $6.00 per box, they can be a bit expensive. There is also a chocolate CarbSmart ice cream that I enjoy quite a bit. I’m sure I will talk more about these things when I reach that point in my own blog.

    • Do the Dew! Thanks for the food item tidbits and for sharing part of your life with me and the others on the site. I cannot wait for you to see this movie and hear your thoughts on it.

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