I’m Fed Up. And you should be, too.

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In the United States, it is estimated that 93 Million Americans are affected by obesity. By 2050, 1 out of every 3 americans will have diabetes. More than 9 Million adolescents (children and teens 6-19 years old) are considered overweight.

Why? Because we’re all victims of an elaborate scheme to convince us that by simply “eating less and moving more,” we can solve America’s weight problem. We’re told, over and over, that with less calories, we’ll lose weight. But what we’re not told is that all calories are not created equal. Or that one soda a day increases a child’s chance of obesity by 60%. We’re not told that SUGAR is the main culprit behind America’s obesity epidemic. No one tells us that low-fat/low-calorie foods are filled with hidden sugars to make them more palatable, making those “health foods” just as responsible for our weight problems as candy and soda.

How do I know all this? Because Paul and I went to the movies a couple weeks ago and watched one of the greatest documentaries I’ve ever seen:
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Fed Up is the movie the food industry doesn’t want you to see. It explains, in terms easy to understand, how, for the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong.

As it turns out, sugar is behind our nation’s #1 health epidemic… and this movie exposes how “big food” has gone to great lengths to hide that fact in an effort eerily similar to the way “big tobacco” tried to hide smoking’s negative health risks for so many years.

I thought I was pretty well-read when it comes to dietary and health information. I knew that sugar was no good, (as are most sugar substitutes, especially the artificial kind), and that “fat” is not the dietary demon we’ve been led to fear for the past 30 years. And yet, this movie shocked, awed, and moved me in ways I never expected.

It’s not propaganda. It’s not untested theory. The movie is teeming with nutritionists, scientists, and politicians from both sides of the aisle, who corroborate the information shared about how mislead we’ve been, and the dangers of sugar – particularly when it comes to the diets of our children.

Today’s 10 year olds are the first generation expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Just think about that for a second. It’s not because of global warming, or terrorism, or anything else… it’s because of our diets.

Whether you’re fat or thin, whether a parent or childless, whether healthy or unhealthy… I cannot encourage you enough to go see Fed Up. It will change the way you view your diet, your health, the food on your plate, and the shelves at your grocery. And hopefully, it will change your future.

I know it did for me.

Related reading:
U.N. food chief: Obesity, unhealthy diets a greater threat than tobacco – LaTimes.com
Always Hungry? Here’s Why – NYTimes
WHO-proposed sugar recommendation comes to less than a soda per day – CNN


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  1. I am always shocked by what people assume is healthy… I struggled with everything mentioned in this blog for most of my life and then decided I had to make a change. I lost 60 lbs just by changing my diet (not dieting) and exercising… It seems like it is just a lack of knowledge and the fact that people just listen to advertisers of products, rather than knowing the facts about food… Scary and fascinating.

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