Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?

This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).

The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.

The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.

Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness:

Among the experts who get the most exposure in the movie are noted, Robert Lustig, science journalist Gary Taubes and author Michael Pollan – and former president Bill Clinton.

The Derailed Project Against Childhood Obesity

One person who oddly enough (and perhaps cowardly), has declined participating in the movie is first lady Michelle Obama. A woman who has had as her main project to reduce childhood obesity in the US, but who made a fatal mistake… she chose to “cooperate” with the junk food industry.

The result is that her well-intentioned and beautiful project “Let’s Move” is failing, with a focus on efforts that are comfortable for the sugar industry, but not efficient for the children. The project resulted in obese children in the US being pressured even harder to run more, while they’re getting even more obese from all the addictive junk food surrounding them. This is abuse.

The promises from the junk food industry? They would “remove” the equivalent of 1.5 trillion calories from their products. It sounds impressive, but in reality it’s 14 calories per child per day. One bite of food a day, or a sip of a soda a day. And not even this small thing is real. Remove 14 calories? There are still unlimited calories available anywhere, whenever an overweight child wants. The shelves are just as filled with cheap junk sugar as they were before.

The junk food industry’s promise to “remove” calories when there’s always unlimited cheap and bad calories available everywhere is of course a bad joke. But it’s a joke that gets stuck firmly in the throat.

In schools, children are filled with junk food – and sodas – at lunch time. The joke has become a reality: in America’s schools, pizza counts as a vegetable. Poor Michelle Obama didn’t stand a chance against the junk food industry. And poor American children, who don’t receive a fair chance to avoid an addictive junk-food start in life.

A First Necessary Step

I highly recommend the documentary FED UP if you want to get upset over the sad state of affairs. However, a really efficient solution is not offered. They get halfway there: obesity is not about calories, it’s about sugar and addictive junk food.

That’s all good, but the only solution I see in the movie is more focus on vegetables. Vegetables are great, but I can’t really see junk-food addicted Americans giving their Big Macs for some asparagus. It’s not very satisfying. The ingredient that I miss the most here is fat, but also satisfying protein sources.

Perhaps the producers chose to sharpen the focus of the movie, by not ALSO venturing into the question of whether fat and meat are dangerous (which they’re not). Or perhaps they did not dare to explore further controversial topics.

The result is a movie that offers a cause of the obesity epidemic, but lacks an efficient solution. So, the glass is half full or half empty, depending on how you look at it.

I choose to view it as a major and necessary step in the right direction. America is waking up. Maybe soon we will stop mistreating an entire generation of children.

Have You Seen FED UP?

Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Feel free to comment below.

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  1. Nate
    I agree with the doc's excellent review of the movie. I felt for those kids and understood that they were not gluttons and sloths but intelligent and strong kids in a world that was working against them. The movie motivated me to join the American Diabetes Association and take my LCHF understanding into the lions den. I plan to attend the ADA's conference here in Portland. I plan to wear a tee shirt that proclaims my LCHF life style and my latest A1c 5.5.

    However, when I was leaving the movie theater, I also felt frustrated. The lack of a discussion about the benefits of fat, meat, dairy, etc was disappointing. But maybe that was beneficial because now I'm motivated to act. Yeah, I'm Fed Up. I no longer want to stand by and let the ADA fumble along with their poor - no disastrous advice. I plan to quietly but firmly confront that advice with a more intelligent approach for diabetics, LCHF.

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  1. Dillon
    I saw it a few days ago and overall thought that it was a good watch. I am deep into keto, though and know what's what. I don't know if the average person who watches this will get pushed to the right place, though. I am much more excited to see carbloaded.
  2. Anna
    I haven't had a chance to watch Fed Up yet, but look forward to it. I agree with you that tackling sugar and the junk food industry was probably big enough for one movie - educating the audience on fat/protein/carbs is probably a whole other movie, and it may have been too much... Let's hope the audience are at least inspired by what they see, want to find out more, and do their own research so that they can take charge of their health. I hope they get a wide ranging audience and it doesn't end up just preaching to the already-converted.
    Sadly, it's relatively easy for middle-ish + class people to eat well: pop down to the local organic grocer, Whole Foods, whatever, take advantage of healthy food deliveries etc.. which is great, but often these are not the people who truly need it the most. There are nutritional 'black-holes' in many lower socio-economic areas, where even if they tried or wanted to, fresh, good quality food just isn't available. But the first step is reaching these people so that they actually DO want to try and eat well, as well as making realistic, affordable options available. Big task ahead, but with enough of us on board, I think we can do it. Power to the people.
  3. Nate
    I agree with the doc's excellent review of the movie. I felt for those kids and understood that they were not gluttons and sloths but intelligent and strong kids in a world that was working against them. The movie motivated me to join the American Diabetes Association and take my LCHF understanding into the lions den. I plan to attend the ADA's conference here in Portland. I plan to wear a tee shirt that proclaims my LCHF life style and my latest A1c 5.5.

    However, when I was leaving the movie theater, I also felt frustrated. The lack of a discussion about the benefits of fat, meat, dairy, etc was disappointing. But maybe that was beneficial because now I'm motivated to act. Yeah, I'm Fed Up. I no longer want to stand by and let the ADA fumble along with their poor - no disastrous advice. I plan to quietly but firmly confront that advice with a more intelligent approach for diabetics, LCHF.

  4. FrankG
    I'm only part way through the video and it is heartbreaking to watch these well-meaning kids and their parents trying so very hard to do the right things BUT with the WRONG ADVICE!

    "Oh we are buying healthier snacks" as he tucks into Special K chips, or some other heavily processed product which makes health claims on the label... arrrrgh!

    People at the grocery store trying their very best to make good choices but EVERY SINGLE item in their trolley is in a plastrc bottle, a box, or a package.

    So far I'd say it is a must see and I hope it gets a wide audience.. no doubt it has flaws and is not perfect... we could spend time endlesssly debating that but meantime people have to make a change in the way that they eat.

    Oh and I laughed out loud when the Doctor who has recieved over $2 milliion from soda manufacturers forgot his obviously scripted reply to the interview question.. what a weasel!

  5. Sarah
    Addressing added sugar is a good thing but it's just the tip of the iceberg. For many of those children, and most obese adults, the focus needs to turn to all sugars, not just added sugar. Eliminating the soda and cookies isn't going to "cure" an obese child or adult who regularly eats corn, beans, potatoes, wheat tortillas and sopaipillas because they're the foundation of their diet.
  6. Cyn Stern
    Hulu.Com doesn't have "Fat Head," but it does have "Fed Up," which was quite entertaining. It also has "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead," which I haven't yet gotten around to watching.
    Reply: #10
  7. Shubham
    Saw Fed Up yesterday.....and I must say I was a bit disappointed because they had no mention of FAT as a solution.

    I think giving up carbs is just 50% of the solution. You must understand that fat is not harmful and learn to enjoy, appreciate and add it generously to your food.

    I'm from India (Mumbai) and my family has been on LCFH since Jan. Keeping on it has been a struggle thanks to the numerous traditions which are all surprisingly knitted around consumptions of carbs in different forms.

    But, we are doing our best to stick to it as we have experienced the benefits ourselves. Most people think we are crazy and it saddens us to see how ignorant they are.

    Thus, if this movie could have spurred some thinking in the US, it would have been great news for us as it seems we follow the US blindly.

    This movie had that potential to do it but I guess it just fell short..

  8. Arun Agarwal
    Cheap is preferred.Sugars are cheapest when compared to Protein and Fats.Hence Sugar finds place with vengeance.And fence to fence sowing of Corn has led to High Carb everywhere. Again refined sugar without nutrients and refined fats heated and left with no good things of oil seeds except damaged fats make an evil combination.Who is selling healthy food the way Junk is sold.No competition at all.High time make cheaper alternatives of healthy food.It will be worth persuading Junkoutlets to sell healthy options also while persuading people to go to Healthy Joints and latter to have cheaper options for people on the street.
  9. Daniel Ferreira
    I dont want to freak out anything, but i was freaked out yesterday by my doctor, I almost passed out, he told me my pallets where low, and that it could be either my kidney or something else making stopping them.

    or that the patelets ( i think that is what is called) is too big, they count as one.

    so now i have to go to a specialist.

  10. Fathead on Hulu
    I don't know why you didn't find it. Try searching as 1 word: Fathead.

    Or, here's the link.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/196879

    Jim

  11. Tom
    Andreas,

    I saw the film recently. It only goes half way in addressing the problem, but it is still a valuable contribution in changing main-stream attitudes regarding nutrition, especially, the calories-in-calories-out fallacy. The change is a slow, chipping away at uncritically-accepted beliefs that have been ingrained in us over decades. But it is a sea change nonetheless.

    Most useful, even profound, I thought, was Michael Pollan's observation that a lot of diet-related health problems would disappear if people would just cook for themselves. Much of the processed, sugar-laden junk food that we eat is eaten as a matter of convenience and ignorance. When we gave up cooking we surrendered to the junk food manufacturers. Unfortunately, the poorest people are the one's least able take control, either because they lack the skills or the resources.

    A related point is that the focus on calories plays right into the junk food manufacturer's hands, since the are happy to manipulate calories, fat, fiber, omega 3's, whatever. Junk food manufacturing is a profitable, "value-added" business, whereas nobody makes any real money selling apples or fish. And the sad part (together with all the health consequences) is that the focus on calories implicitly blames obese people for being either too lazy or too glutinous or both.

    The film has some interesting discussion of the political and legal tactics that need to be used in dealing with the junk food manufacturers. Gary Taubes has it right when he says the "food" companies need to be vilified, much like the tobacco companies were in the 90's. They are the ones who profit from the ignorance and misery of consumers, and they need to be held politically and legally accountable. We did not let the tobacco companies participate in anti-smoking initiatives (though we made them pay for them) because everyone recognized that their product is poison and they have a direct interest in increasing sales of that poison. Junk food is poison too, but, as Robert Lustig notes, a chronic poison rather than an acute one. So it's no surprise that by "helping" with "Let's Move!" the "food" companies destroyed the initiative from within and reinforced the ideology of individual responsibility that has served them so well-- just as it served the tobacco industry. Individual behavior is based is personal "choices" they say. But what choice do any of us have if we've been systematically mislead and lied to for 30 years about what we should and should not eat.

    The film either can't bring itself to endorse LCHF or, maybe, for tactical reasons decided not to. Implicit in the notion that we should rid ourselves of excess sugar and refined carbs is the notion that we are going to eat more fat and protein. But denouncing sugar and manufactured "food" while at the same time endorsing LCHF might have been a bridge too far for a film aimed at a mainstream audience. But attitudes about fat are changing, as this blog has noted so often.

  12. bill
    Though I haven't seen the movie, my partner went with
    a group of about 8 who are all into LCHF and she said
    there was literally nobody else in the theater. The movie
    didn't have much impact on the population at large.

    They did have fun shouting at the screen a la Rocky
    Horror Picture Show...

  13. MA
    Knowing the producer, Katie Curric, and the usual media focus on sensationalism, NOT wisdom, I choose to avoid spending either money or time on this movie, despite a few good people being involved - I knew they would be silenced past a point.
    Instead, I spend more time working to help clients day-in, day-out in my office and answering questions on HealthTap.com, etc.
    These strategies, like your excellent blog, are overwhelming more likely to have value for other humans.

    I powerfully disagree with your view of Michelle Obama as well intentioned. As repeatedly demonstrated by their actions, she, Valerie Jarret & Barack are overwhelming focused on political power from/over the masses, not helping the masses (as they claim) for power and implementing their agenda.

    Reply: #14
  14. MA
    Knowing the producer, Katie Curric, and the usual media focus on sensationalism, NOT wisdom, I choose to avoid spending either money or time on this movie, despite a few good people being involved - I knew they would be silenced past a point.
    Instead, I spend more time working to help clients day-in, day-out in my office and answering questions on HealthTap.com, etc.
    These strategies, like your excellent blog, are overwhelming more likely to have value for other humans.

    I powerfully disagree with your view of Michelle Obama as well intentioned. As repeatedly demonstrated by their actions, she, Valerie Jarret & Barack are overwhelming focused on political power from/over the masses, not helping the masses (as they claim) for power and implementing their agenda. The choice of avoiding science in favor of not offending powerful lobbing/political donors was quite typical/predictable.

  15. Mark
    MA,

    I think you should watch the movie as I have, your over generalization of the media (while accurate in my opinion), is clouding your judgement and allowing you to form an opinion on something you haven't seen. In the movie you will see how good intention's are over powered by lobbyists, whether be Michelle Obama, or the WHO. While the movie does not endorse LCHF, it does speak to Fat being replaced by Sugar.

    And while the Paleo crowd will say this is more reason to go Paleo, I don't think you need to go that far back in time. A 1970's diet would do fine.

    Reply: #27
  16. FrankG
    While there is a great enthusiasm for LCHF on this blog -- for many, myself included, it has literally been a lifesaver -- I'm not sure that everyone needs to eat a ketogenic diet..

    as discussed in the film: I think that a move back to home-cooked meals, getting soda and fast-food out of schools, a return to school-meals cooked by professionals at the school, cooking classes in school etc... heck there are whole generations now who don't know HOW to cook!

    It can be cheaper and just as quick and easy to prepare your own from scratch, using local , seasonal, wholesome real, whole food, as buying "fast" food.

    These steps would go a long way to improved health and much more.

  17. Mark John
    I would agree with FrankG that for most people, being in deep nutritional ketosis isn't really necessary to lose weight / improve their body composition. Nutritional ketosis is perhaps desirable but not necessary to still see remarkable improvements in a short period of time.
  18. samc
    You can't expect that Michelle Obama will come out fighting against the food industry in a big way. It is a long term battle that will take decades to overcome if ever. Probably will have to see even higher failing health and obesity rates before the industry is forced to change. Look at Tobacco, while not as popular, it is still being sold and people are still killing themselves with the cancer sticks.
  19. Mark
    Ultra Low Carb at less than 30gms is difficult for a sugar addict to flip over to...however, 50gms is more achievable, and while not deep Ketosis, the benefits are quickly realized.

    Personally, I prefer to back load carbs once per week, and will regularly binge on all the bad stuff one night per week :-) pizza, cakes, donuts, beer, pasta....

  20. teri
    I have been LCHF off and on for a while now. I first started it because of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Then realized it was perfect in controlling my diabetes. My problem now is with diverticulitis. Every time I try to go LCHF, it flares. Just got out of the hospital yesterday. I love being LCHF. Is there something I'm not doing right. I did find out my A1C was 5.1, which is awesome for a diabetic. My doctor decided to check my cholesterol after hearing I was on a LCHF diet. He said it was perfect and couldn't understand why. Please help me figure this out.
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  21. Mark
    Teri,

    Check the amount of fiber. A number of LCHF proponents miss out on fiber and low levels of fiber intake can result in your Diverticulitis flare-ups.

    Reply: #22
  22. Teri
    What are some foods that are still LCHF that provide a decent amount of fiber?
    Reply: #25
  23. Zepp
    With diverticulitis you have to be extra cautius.. becuse one of the more comon side effects of going low carb is constipation!

    I cant think that is good for those that have diverticulitis problems!

    You need to make sure you got smoth stools anyhow.. try some Phsyllium seeds!

    They make gel and smother stools.

    Whit 5,1 you are not a diabetic any more.. but then you need to sort this diverticulitis out anyhow.

  24. Teri
    That's the weird part, I don't think I have been constipated a day in my entire lifetime. I find it hard to believe that something that is so good for me in regards to diabetes, cholesterol, and Ankylosing spondylitis can be so bad in other ways. In the hospital they also said I was severely dehydrated. Can not enough fluids cause diverticulitis? I also was playing around with resistant starch the last couple of weeks before this happened (I tend to get the "blues").
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  25. Mark
    Teri,

    Check this list: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fibercounts.htm

    Also, an easy option is something like Benefiber, or Kirkland's Optifiber (cheaper)...this could a be quick way to determine if additional fiber will resolve your issue.....if it does, then you could continue with the plan and add substitute for other high fiber foods later.

  26. Zepp
    One dont need to be a Einstein to understand that lose stools are a lot of water!

    It have to stay in colon a time for it to absorb the water.

    Mayby its your gut linings how is that inflamed that it want to get rid of everything that can irritate?

    Try Phsyllium seeds anyhow its good for both lose and hard stools.

  27. MA

    MA,I think you should watch the movie as I have, your over generalization of the media (while accurate in my opinion), is clouding your judgement and allowing you to form an opinion on something you haven't seen. In the movie you will see how good intention's are over powered by lobbyists, whether be Michelle Obama, or the WHO. While the movie does not endorse LCHF, it does speak to Fat being replaced by Sugar.And while the Paleo crowd will say this is more reason to go Paleo, I don't think you need to go that far back in time. A 1970's diet would do fine.

    In this particular limited lifetime we are all experiencing, we all must make constantly make huge numbers of judgements, despite "clouding". Regarding movies, I strongly prefer to spend neither money or time on 99.9% of all movies, Fed-Up included. As an entrepreneur, engineer, cardiologist, instructor in supersonic jet aircraft, etc. who has been working on better understanding many of the relevant issues for well over 50 years, I fell that I have a few more important things to do.

  28. erdoke
    I'm not a big proponent of consuming more salt, but it looks like you might miss out on that when going on LCHF. Low intake for an extended time can really cause dehydration.
    Maybe some prebiotics (= soluble fibers such as inulin or resistant starch) would be beneficial, too. Eat a raw potato daily and Jerusalem artichoke season is just around the corner...
  29. teri
    Thanks for all the advice.
  30. Cindy C
    Teri,

    I have read that avocados are high in fat, but also high in fiber, and not that high in carbs when you subtract the fiber. Do you have to go very low carb for your other benefits? Some starches seem to make me hurt more than others. Do you avoid the foods listed on this site?

    http://www.kickas.org/asfood.shtml

    Do you avoid nightshades? My H A1C was 5.3, with me eating a little bit of sweet, and regular potatoes, and some raw potato starch, and a few times fruit.

    Reply: #31
  31. Mark
    Cindy,

    You do not have to go Ultra Low Carb (<30gms to see the benefits). Around 50gms is great. As for Avocado's, eat em'. When I have them, I try to eat 1/2 a day, just because I like em and they help with my fat intake. As for the site, generally I would agree with the list, however for vegetables, an easier way to look at it is this. If it is a root vegetable, it will have higher sugar content, if it is above ground it will have less sugar. So minimal on the root veggies...more on the above ground veggies. As for the Tomato, it's a fruit, and should be eaten like other fruits, as if they were nature's candy, in limited quantities. LCHF really does not require much to get going, really just count the carbs on stuff that has labels, and use some general rules for other things that don't. As for calories....I don't count and you shouldn't either.

    Reply: #32
  32. Cindy C
    Thanks Mark,

    Teri and I have some problems in common. From all I have read about fiber/microbes and auto-immune disease, fiber/microbes can cause auto-immune disease, and fiber/microbes can cure auto-immune disease. Seems a contradiction. The type of fiber, and microbe, seems to make a difference. Each one of us has a different microbiome. I sleep better adding some carbs, and seem to be bothered by reactive hypoglycemia. .Adding starches seems to add a few pounds on me. As for arthritis and pain, eating meat, eggs, and cod liver oil, I am getting lots of foods that raises my D level(now at 77), and other nutrients that works with the D, Many have less pain LCHF.

  33. Mark
    Cindy,

    I tend to backload carbs, i.e., eat them at night rather than during the day, as you're less sensitive to incoming carbs at night than in the morning. I can do this as I lift weights 3x a week, and I do sleep better on those nights, albeit i'm much hotter when i sleep with the carbs burning really fast while sleeping.

    Reply: #34
  34. Cindy C
    Mark,

    I am working on this, but too many carbs at night, and my blood sugar will drop too low, and I will wake up and cannot go back to sleep. I am trying an ounce of cheese or a boiled egg just before bedtime, with some slow to digest carbs earlier. I should get a glucose meter. A glucose tolerance test many years ago, my fasting was 80, then got down to 60 after the sugar, and I got a headache and shaky. My fasting glucose was 93, taken 2 months ago by my doctor. Thanks for the encouragement. .

  35. Teri
    Thanks Cindy,

    I have been on kickas.org and registered. I avoid most foods with starch. It helps with joint pain and uveiltis. That website is what lead me to LCHF.

  36. Dr. David Weed
    We were so impressed with the movie "Fed Up" that we made our own sequel video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlbfeMyj4DQ ) to make our own case for what needs to be done in Southern Massachusetts.

    We had a public screening of "Fed Up" at the New Bedford Whaling Museum auditorium last Wednesday and filled the room with over 200 people, including local farmers, to very positive reviews.

    We will be using the movie and our video to begin an educational campaign to reverse the past 30 years of bad advice from the USDA about lowering fat in the diet and to help steer people away from sugar-laden, refined grain processed food toward real food with real fats and protein that led us toward healthy weights and metabolism in the past.

    For more information, go to http://www.gfrpartners.com/FedUp.html

  37. InfoAccess
    Hope to show Fed-up at our local Library soon. In the meantime, I just viewed

    "Fed Up on the South Coast, A Sequel to the Movie Fed Up" - excellent, actionable information, well delivered in 20 minutes.

    Sharing other good news:
    *Nova Scotia pharmacist stops selling all sugar sweetened beverages
    http://www.annapoliscountyspectator.ca/News/Regional/2014-09-12/artic...
    This news was covered by national TV and praised by the Heart & Stroke Foundation
    *Montreal community college stops selling sugar sweetened drinks on campus
    http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Vanier+adds+fried+foods+list+co...

  38. Stephen
    I saw Fed Up the week it was released in June in US theaters. My review on IMDB gets about half up-votes and half down-votes. I'm guessing the "personal responsibility" crowd votes my review up, and the "carbs make you fat" crowd votes my review down.

    I posted the review on my blog as well:
    http://2lbsofstarch.com/2014/06/03/fed-up-one-good-point/

    Steve

    Reply: #40
  39. Nancy
    I haven't seen the movie but I know one reason kids are chub. They are not allowed to play outdoors. My brother complains about video games but his boys 11 and 5 are not allowed to play outside unless the parents are with them. In my family friendly neighborhood I watch kids ride theIr bikes one block one way and a block the other way from their home with Mom watching them. That's no fun for anyone. What else are kids going to do if they can't go out but play video games and watch TV.
  40. Mark
    Steve,

    I believe you have over-simplified things, and have failed to take aspects into consideration. In your take on the situation, it's all about personal responsibility, however, i know a LOT of people who believe they are eating correctly, but simply don't lose weight, and when you look at what they eat, it is everything they have been told is good for them, but in reality, it is simply too overloaded with sugar. Diet/Exercise/1200 cals per day, just doesn't work for everyone. Also, I do not see any information on the power and effect of marketing. Personal responsibility is only as good as the person with the education to understand and use it. For a large portion of low income families, they just do not have the ability to research, dissect, and understand what they should, and should not eat. It is these people that food companies prey upon, as they know that if they advertise it, people will buy it.

  41. Jeff Tombrello
    It was ok, but did not go far enough. Its focus remained on sugar and not carbs in general.

    Does anyone know if any studies show the effect of LCHF on teleomeres? The veggans are reporting that their diet lengthens them.

  42. MissM
    I've seen this movie several times - I worked at one of the wellness medical offices featured in the film. Though the film reached a wide audience I think it will take more rapidly declining health before people will really make changes . Knowledge of the dangers of food doesn't always equate to someone being able or willing to face their addiction- especially when something is a "slow killer".
    There is of course much more to the obesity problem than sugar - the issue of hormones, insulin resistance , and systemic inflammation. Equally as misleading are the fad diets that people are following.
    Paleo is hugely popular - even though most people following them still struggle with extra weight due to lack of fiber and excessive fat consumption . Paleo diets also encourage huge meat and egg consumption which usually means a dieter will increase their exposure to hormone laden meats and eggs in place of fiber rich grains and beans . Result - sluggish elimination and more work for the already compromised endocrine system.
    Gluten free has gone global and yet "gluten free" products contain rice flour , corn or brown rice syrups - all with high carb and high glycemic indexes. These choices are just as unhealthy and generally cause an even greater spike in the bodies insulin response than the gluten containing products they are replacing .
    Speaking of insulin, sugar AND all sugar substitutes affect insulin spikes in the blood - so replacing the processed sugar with sorbitol, agave, Sucralose etc isn't going to make much difference ! There go all the "healthy drink" options like Vitamin Water Zero, SoBe, Ice etc (yes citric acid is a fake sweetener too !)
    I follow a gluten free, mostly dairy free diet (plain Greek yogurt and raw grass fed aged cheese only)- whole foods only, calories in that equal calories out , high protein moderate carb low fat diet. I eat only organic free range Vege fed meats and eggs , and I make sure to get at least 25 grams of fiber per day. I eat 60% of my daily calories at breakfast and no carbs sugar or fruit after noon. I'm in my late 40s and weigh the same as I did in high school.
    It's work people - and its crazy expensive - but what's the alternative ? Eat the poison my government passes as "food" and end up beholden to prescription drugs, chemical fat burners, Jenny Craig and liposuction? No thank you .
  43. James
    Ms. Obama is partially correct, however misguided.
    Without a proper diet, children are increasing health with too much vigorous exercise. Clearly it is only a small part of the solution to this problem.
    The establishment politicians know they cannot fight America's addiction and love affair with junk food and win. It is considered terribly offensive to accuse people of being fat. Even when it is true. I think maybe another Russian conspiracy. ))
    I think we are just more likely victims of our own idiocracy..
  44. James
    The problem is not that freedom exists.
    The problem is basic biology, science and obvious objective fact has now become open to subjective interpretation depending upon who is paying the bills.
    We are not educating our young. Even basic animal species educate their young.

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