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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.

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

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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 »

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Filming Locations:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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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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In the list of 1000s things which threaten our lives..you could add FOOD too.
17 January 2015 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

Although I am a Doctor of medicine and these facts are known by me since decades, I'll try to evaluate the efficiency of this documentary more than the facts which are undisputed.

The "not enough data" or "the relation is unclear" for many global hazards, are arguments that is constantly presented by all the major corporations. The pollutants in the atmosphere, the radiation emitted by cellphones and many other dangers are overlooked by the governments because of the enormous profits of major industries. To tell you the truth if these factories were to be closed probably millions of people would lose their jobs and their families could starve, literally.

That's not an excuse though. You can't (I heard the exact example in some TV series) to sell drugs with the excuse that YOU need to survive and provide to your family.

Fed Up, if nothing else, seems like a very credible Documentary. With interviewees such as professors of medicine from universities like Harvard, an ex-head of the FDA, and even an ex-POTUS (Bill Clinton) it's difficult to have doubts about that.

The "emotional" segments with actual families who suffer from obesity and what goes with it, are occupy a large part of the film but aren't too melodramatic.

The facts are presented with a clear way. Modern infographics are merged with real life examples to make each message as comprehensible it can be. You also get to realize some "weird" truths like the fact that while the US government is trying make the citizens and especially kids to eat healthier, at the same time tries to promote the use of agricultural products like corn when corn syrup is the number one provider of the sugar in many many foods.

The statistics are to be feared. 50% of American will experience the consequences of obesity even if their weight is in normal range. The movie rings the bell for the future generations too.

The production has high production values and a modern feel.

Just read that some critics wrote things like "A whirlwind of talking heads, found footage, scary statistics and cartoonish graphics". Well...that's a good thing! The problem is that all these facts and guidelines are often written in poorly made pamphlets or boring videos. You want nowadays to pass your messages in a modern way. Fast cuts, graphics and music are essential so the movie won't get boring and the viewers stop watching and miss the message.

A good effort overall. I recommend to see it, and to take it seriously.


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