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Fed Up (2014)

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An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.


Stephanie Soechtig
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Credited cast:
Katie Couric ... Narrator
Bill Clinton ... Himself (as President Bill Clinton)
Michael Pollan ... Himself
Michael Bloomberg ... Himself (as Mayor Michael Bloomberg)
Margo Wootan ... Herself
Mark Hyman Mark Hyman ... Himself (as Mark Hyman M.D.)
Tom Harkin Tom Harkin ... Himself (as Senator Tom Harkin)
Gary Taubes Gary Taubes ... Himself
Mark Bittman Mark Bittman ... Himself
Michele Simon Michele Simon ... Herself
Kelly Brownell ... Himself
Tom Vilsack Tom Vilsack ... Himself (as Secretary Tom Vilsack)
Robert Lustig Robert Lustig ... Himself
David Kessler David Kessler ... Himself
Harvey Karp ... Himself


Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public's fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Congress says pizza is a vegetable.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including smoking images, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,028, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,538,899, 22 August 2014
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After viewing this movie, writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith cut the sugar from his diet and began rapidly losing weight. See more »


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Calories In-Calories Out Nonsense
22 December 2015 | by abrownj-66817See all my reviews

The movie titled Fed Up is about the effects of sugar and its contribution to the worldwide obesity and type 2 diabetes pandemic, a situation so serious that children were beginning to get this disease, which was initially classified as adult onset diabetes. The movie does a good job of describing the politics of food and the complicity of the USDA with multi-national agribusiness/food companies, mostly revealed by Marion Nestle's, PhD in her Food Politics and Soda Politics. The movie breaks down in having revealed the evils of sugar, it failed to adequately discuss the alternatives to sugar. Just eating vegetables and fruits is an incomplete answer. This omission arises because there is eclectic group of scientist/doctors with conflicting view as to what constitutes a healthy diet. To that end, one needs to look at the cast of characters in this movie and those who are missing but should have been included.

First and foremost there is First Lady Michele Obama with her "let's move" program, yet she does not want to "demonize" the food and beverage industries. Both Dr Nestle and Mrs. Obama seem to me to be proponents of the lipid hypothesis that saturated fat is bad promulgated by the 1977 McGovern Committee report. This has its roots Ancel Keys M.D. who was co director of the Framingham heart study. The other Co director, George V Mann, M.D. thinks, "This is the greatest public health scam perpetrated on the American public." Former President William Clinton pursues a vegan or perhaps lacto-vegan diet promulgated by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD

in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

Michael Pollan, in The Omnivore's Dilemma and Eat Real Food, Mark Hyman M.D. Robert Lustig's M.D. Fat Chance , Mark Hyman, M.D. and Gary Taube's Good Calories Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat all emphasize the importance of quality fats, both saturated and unsaturated from animals, properly raised, and plants. David Perlmutter, MD, not mentioned in this movie, in his Grain Brain notes primitive hunter-gatherers ate a ketogenic (high fat) diet. This is also confirmed in medical anthropologist Weston A. Price's DDS 1939 Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Gary Taubes presents good historical data in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was generally known one could eat all the meats, fats, vegetables dairy, and whole fruits desired so long as one avoided or strictly limited the consumption of starches (bread, potatoes, cereals, etc) and sugars By so doing, Lustig points out the hormone leptin, which tells one's body it can stop eating, would not be overwhelmed by the hormone insulin, which insists one must keep eating. Both Taubes and Lustig assert the calories in-calories out is a failed paradigm; it's not physics but biology. To push the matter into the absurd, if one over eats, even slightly, one ends up morbidly obese and if one under eats, even slightly, one ends up terribly emaciated!

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