yesterday my mother took me to see Fed Up, a documentary about how huge food corporations (with major lobbying power) are making us all fat and sick. it wasn’t a lot of stuff I didn’t know already (sugar is as addictive as cocaine, processed foods are the devil, etc.) but it was still a shocking and frightening reminder that the government is well aware of how dangerous processed foods are, but because they are funded by corporations like coca cola and kraft, they do not publish nutritional information that would threaten the sales of these foods. one such loophole is suggesting pizza is a vegetable because of the tomato sauce, so that it can still be served in school lunches, thus profiting the major corporation that supplies it.
people interviewed include marion nestle, gary taubes, and michael pollen, whom I think are pioneering a food revolution and definitely recommend checking out their books.
what was saddest of all was how kids are so negatively impacted by junk food and school lunches, and how their parents think they’re helping them by buying reduced fat crackers and breakfast cereals like honey nut cheerios.
the major take away is that we are being told lies about the obesity epidemic, blaming individuals for not “eating less and moving more” when really food corporations have to take responsibility for the ubiquity of their products, especially due to advertising.
I definitely recommend checking this out…it’s informative with cute diagrams/animations, interesting interviews, and is a stark reminder of what is at stake unless we change which foods are in the market. it’s inspired me to be more vigilant about processed foods, especially granola bars and junky chocolate– they’re so easy but so not worth it.
if anyone else has seen it I’d love to hear your input.
also, I got a chuckle out of the couple in front of me watching intently while eating a massive bag of popcorn, candy, and soda. pretty puzzling indeed.