When FED UP narrator Katie Couric says “By 2050 one out of every three Americans will have Diabetes,â€ it sent chills up my spine. Whatâ€™s documented prior and after those words are said is yet another eye-opener pertaining to our compulsive, uneducated behavior among Americaâ€™s latest (and growing) epidemic links of obesity (mainly among children), addiction to unhealthy foods, big business and our government.
Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtigâ€™s well executed piece based on interviews and studies presents a bold look into how wrong we all were when thinking we knew what it was to be healthy. With over 30 years of misguidance and brainwashing, big business has found its way so deep within what we digest, theyâ€™ve even had the power to fabricate those â€œinformativeâ€ Nutrition Facts labels weâ€™re all use to seeing.
The saddest part of all is how preventative all this can be among us, yet thereâ€™s a force that doesnâ€™t allow you to see how much damage one is doing to themselves and/or families. Much like having gone after Big Tobacco to a point where they were forced to make sure they inform others how dangerous it is to use their product, the same can be said and pursued among all sorts of commercialized and behind-the-scenes wheels that keep pushing the evil culprit behind this scary, unpleasant epidemic: Big Sugar!
With heavy-hitting, informative interviews ranging form President Bill Clinton, to former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and deep investigations among the school system’s mistreatment of our kidsâ€™ health, FED UP is more than a cinematic experience. Itâ€™s an educational, thought-provoking one that will lead you straight to your pantry, look at those supposedly nutritional facts and reconsider what it is youâ€™re putting into your mind, body and soul. That said, much like FOOD INC., FORKS OVER KNIVES and even SUPERSIZE ME, FED UP will make a mark, raise questions and perhaps rattle a few cages.
Without doubt this piece may be taken as one-sided, liberal propaganda, but truth is itâ€™s up to you to decide whatâ€™s best for you and your family. However, without a straightforward, courageous and informative filmmaker like Stephanie Soechtig, where would we be as a society with continued blinders on and digesting all sorts of force fed, financed propaganda?
Itâ€™s simple: Eat smarter, live longer!
Grade: A / Genre: Documentary / Rated: PG / Run Time: 1 Hr. 30 Min.
Narrator: Katie Couric
Directed by: Stephanie Soechtig