The Movie the Junk Food Industry Fears

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Here’s the movie that the junk food industry fears.

This new American documentary about obesity – FED UP – could stir up the debate when it premiers in four weeks. It’s produced and narrated by Katie Couric, one of the best known American news anchors.

The movie seems to hit home when it comes to the causes of obesity. This by interviewing people who really know their stuff, including several of my heroes: Dr. Robert Lustig, Gary Taubes, Michael Pollan, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Mark Hyman. Bill Clinton is in it as well.

Watch the trailer – it’s excellent. Things are on a roll!

What do you think?

More

FED UP, the website – sign up here for updates on when and how you can watch the movie

BBC: “Fat Is In, Sugar Is Out”

Toxic Sugar: Fantastic Video on the Obesity Epidemic!

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  1. cave horse
    "From the producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH" is not a good sign if you want the utmost dedication to scientific rigor and truth.
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  2. Stacy in USA
    "Korporashuns are Evil!!!!"

    Yeah, never mind that it was the federal government that funded and supported Ancel Keys and his crackpot science and who began the vilification of saturated fat. While corporate junk food producers in the US have no doubt lobbied and pushed their financial interests, their actions would be significantly less effective if government hadn't decided for the people what was in our best interests and manipulated the science.

    People careen from one bad supposition to the next based on ideology instead of fact.

    Stop subsidizing food producers - sugar, corn and wheat producers in the US enjoy incredible financial advantages. The US government is currently actively trying to discourage the production of beef. The new school lunch and institutional food guidelines produced by the Department of Agriculture continue the low saturated fat nonsense. They've removed protein and saturated fat sources from the guidelines while increasing "good" carbs in the form of fruit and whole grains. No wonder kids are complaining their lunches aren't fillings.

    The people who caused the problem are now outraged that there's a problem. Just STOP.

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  1. cave horse
    "From the producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH" is not a good sign if you want the utmost dedication to scientific rigor and truth.
    Replies: #2, #10, #15
  2. Bubba Joe #TeaParty
    yeh i agree dem dirdy dam libruls need 2 no dat is volcanoz n de sun causin dat globl warmin i mean i wen outside 2day an it was cold as hell duud ur right
  3. J. Myst
    Cave Horse has it right. The fact Laurie David is involved is distressing.
  4. Eric Anderson
    Politics makes strange bed fellows

    For example; Die hard vegan vegatarians may or may not support the sugar is a problem but object or ignore grains and or modern synthetic man made soy corn and other oils high in omega 6 that are part of the modern food problem. If and when lab grown prime rib and T-Bone is available for $1 per pound we might open the discussion. We know grass fed beef and dairy is safe. We have enough grassland to feed all the cows to produce the meat, milk, cream, and butter. In fact the HFLC diet can be designed to be as cheap as sugar grain diets and cheaper if health cost are included.

    IMO sugar is a start but the evidence mounts that a well formulated ketogenic diet with blood ketones in the 1 to 3 mm range is a healthy option and maybe optimal for many, most, or evn all (Time will tell)

  5. bill
    You ask what we think.

    I think Dr. Robert Lustig, Michael Pollan, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Bill Clinton don't get it.

    Carbohydrates are sugar molecules all stuck together.

    Our bodies break carbohydrates down into sugar in our bodies.
    This sugar acts exactly the same in our bodies as if we had just
    eaten straight sugar, sucrose, glucose, fructose, high fructose
    corn syrup, or any other form of sugar.

    Carbohydrates act the same. Why is that such a difficult concept for people?

    Carbohydrates are the problem.

    These four men do not acknowledge this fact. Dr. Lustig even argues against this fact.
    Yet, on page 69 in his book Fat Chance, he says he can't figure out why he can't
    lose his own weight.

    Why do they have any credibility? I think these 4 are just muddying the waters.

    You asked...

  6. cave horse
    "yeh i agree dem dirdy dam libruls need 2 no dat is volcanoz n de sun causin dat globl warmin i mean i wen outside 2day an it was cold as hell duud ur right"

    Science is God until it conflicts with your preconceived notions, personal prejudices and financial incentives.

  7. ondrej
    Bill Clinton is your hero?
  8. Lee from Norwalk, CT
    Looking forward to this movie. "An Inconvenient Truth" was so well done and so informative I hope "Fed Up" meets the same standards as that one did -- I think Laurie David is an asset and this movie probably couldn't have been made without her.

    Do I wish it was a movie about carbs? Maybe. But it starts with the biggest dietary problem we have here in the USA: all that sugar. It's unbelievable, the amount of sugar added to food here. They even coat French fries with sugar to make them brown up better -- there's no escaping it without extreme vigilance.

  9. Stella B
    Sorry Dr. Eenfeldt. You just stumbled into the minefield of American politics. We actually have a growing geocentrism movement in this country.
  10. Boundless
    "From the producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH", plus featuring a vacuous TV talking head and an ex-president (almost doesn't matter which party) has the effect of making this a political movie.

    A lot of people are going to skip it just based on that. They will assume it's the next Global Hot Air, or will assume the science has issues similar to those raised about AIT.

    Diet didn't need to go full political this soon. This is probably not helpful, particularly if this film gets identified with one of the major parties in the US.

  11. FrankG
    What a bunch on naysayers! Sure it ain't perfect. Sure it has political overtones. Sure it only seems to focus on sugar...

    BUT I think it will raise awareness and get get some questions raised.

    What is that saying about not letting perfection being the enemy of the good?

  12. Kristin
    Personally for me, I lost my first 15 - 20 kg basically from just giving up sugar, and had huge health benefits removing this toxic ingredient from my life, such as reduced PCOS symptoms, reduced swelling of ankles and feet, more energy etc. I started looking at different things like paleo and LCHF in that period, and did start to increase my fat intake after reading an article about how important it is for the gallbladder, but it's only relatively recently that I've transitioned completely to whole food and low carb.

    Encouraging people to start by giving up sugar is a good thing, doing that in itself is a big step, and helps people to get a taste for non sweet foods and can start a huge cycle of changes. 3 years ago, if anybody had of told me that I would give up all grains, sugar, most dairy, root vegetables, corn etc etc, and would be downing spoons of coconut oil on a daily basis, I wouldn't have believed it, but here I am, 40kg lighter still learning, still adjusting and trying new things.

  13. Michael
    Well, fat people will probably love it because given the producers of the movie, it will deflect blame from personal responsibility and place it all on the evil capitalistic corporations. I for one have taken personal responsibly for my health and what I eat, and have lost 30 pounds in three months.
    Replies: #17, #21
  14. Stacy in USA
    "Korporashuns are Evil!!!!"

    Yeah, never mind that it was the federal government that funded and supported Ancel Keys and his crackpot science and who began the vilification of saturated fat. While corporate junk food producers in the US have no doubt lobbied and pushed their financial interests, their actions would be significantly less effective if government hadn't decided for the people what was in our best interests and manipulated the science.

    People careen from one bad supposition to the next based on ideology instead of fact.

    Stop subsidizing food producers - sugar, corn and wheat producers in the US enjoy incredible financial advantages. The US government is currently actively trying to discourage the production of beef. The new school lunch and institutional food guidelines produced by the Department of Agriculture continue the low saturated fat nonsense. They've removed protein and saturated fat sources from the guidelines while increasing "good" carbs in the form of fruit and whole grains. No wonder kids are complaining their lunches aren't fillings.

    The people who caused the problem are now outraged that there's a problem. Just STOP.

    Reply: #16
  15. Murray

    "From the producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH" is not a good sign if you want the utmost dedication to scientific rigor and truth.

    Yes, I fear it will undermine the credibility of the message. The so-called hockey stick has been discredited. Interesting, in a SLAPP suit by Mann against Professor Ball in British Columbia, the suit got thrown out of court because Mann would not disclose the data he relied on, which was required as part of the discovery process. That speaks volumes. The court even made an order that Mann pay Professor Ball's legal costs. As well, the hypothetical climate models relied on the the film have, since the date of the film, wildly overestimated the temperature, presumably because they assume CO2 would cause much much more water vapour in the atmosphere than has been the case. In other words, the predictive models have been falsified by actual data. This is not to say there is no global warming; it's just that the movie has no credibility and is rightly viewed as unscientific alarmist propaganda. This opens up the excess carbohydrate message to being dismissed as alarmist propaganda. I hope this film is much more measured in its approach.

    I agree with the people posting that it appears to focus unduly on sugar and not all acellular sugars and starches. It is okay to attack sugar as the low hanging fruit, but it should not comment on carbs in general. We will see.

  16. Alain
    "Stop subsidizing food producers - sugar, corn and wheat producers in the US enjoy incredible financial advantages. The US government is currently actively trying to discourage the production of beef. "

    In the US, politician can be bought by lobbies, consequently people have to evolve by themselves.

    Now, they want people to behave like cows by eating grains, while the elite will enjoy beef fed from grass field.

  17. Emma
    Michael, you are viewing people with wrong standards (Namely, yours). If people would be as informed as you,and had the same access to better food than you, and still they would eat themselves sick and fat, then it would be in their personal responsibility.

    But, the point isn't that people would welcome with open arms a solution that would transfer the responsibility from them to some other to blame.

    The point is that people have been advised wrong. They have done just as advised, and gotten fat or sick because of it. And then they are blamed, even when they did just as they were told, and told that their sickness is their own fault, their own responsibility. And the corporations, governments and researchers that advised wrong will get off the hook with no repercussions.

    For people who believe what the government tells them to believe, and do as they are advised to do because they don't know any better, would you still say that it's their own damn responsibility?

    Reply: #18
  18. Michelle
    Also the undeniable truth that the junk foods peddled by the food industry are addictive and therefore, are extremely hard to stop eating.

    Michael, you used to be 30lbs over weight; don't be so judgemental of those that find it hard to take personal responsibility, because sometimes their addiction won't let them. However, well done for losing the weight and I hope you keep it off.

    Reply: #20
  19. David
    In October 2007 the High Court in London identified nine errors in "An Inconvenient Truth" and the UK Government agreed to send to every secondary school in England a corrected guidance note making clear the mainstream scientific position on these nine “errors”.
    I hope "Fed Up" doesn't fall into the same ideological trap, but I sense the film is a forerunner of a government mandate to eat in government approved ways.
    Individuals should be informed about health issues but not forced into government sanctioned eating habits.
  20. Francois
    Quite true. I would also add that these struggling people are also given the wrong advice by health professionals who should know better, but seemingly have no interest in finding out why their "good and sensible" advice never works. It is so much better to put the blame on people than do an introspection as to why conventional advice does not work...

    Instead of blaming the overweight and the obese, let's provide them with sensible advice, good information and motivation by example. Like this site does.

  21. Lee from Norwalk, CT
    Judgmental much?
    Reply: #22
  22. apigs
    I hope you have read the other comments pointing out what 'An Inconvenient Truth' was full of errors and basically a piece of propaganda, made to misinform people in order to fleece them. Anyone associated with it are nothing but snake oil salesmen and you bought it.
  23. BillP
    Reading through these comments, I give the human race about 50 more years, tops.
  24. ScottyTruth
    Excess sugar consumption is the major issue with diabetes, inflammation and cancer being on the rise; most people get way more than 50g of sugar daily and also are eating high glycemic index foods too, that cause rapid insulin swings.

    But sugar also has a synergistic influence with excess glutamate consumption. Glutamate stimulates the release of insulin in the pancreas without needing glucose as glutamate is neurotransmitter controller. In excess, glutamate is the body's chief excitotoxin. This is never talked about. Excess glutamate also causes rapid blood pressure shifts and neurological damage. It's excess free sugars (glucose making too much insulin, fructose over-burdening the liver) and excess glutamate ingestion.

    When glutamate is injected into the bloodstream without any buffering via gelatin-base and MSG added tot vaccines, this is how we get autism pure and simple. Glutamate blockers are taurine, magnesium and ibuprofin. Good luck.

  25. Elenor
    Lee: ""An Inconvenient Truth" was so well done and so informative"

    Are you truly that ill-informed!? That piece-o'-crap movie may have appealed to your emotions, and made you feel all virtuous and good -- but it's been debunked nine-ways-by-sunday! Including by courts requiring -- you know -- ACTUAL science?! It was indeed "so well done": **propaganda**! (Hence your incorrect 'conclusion' that it was "so informative"...)

    Does it not bother you that they used a (created) graphic from a video game to "demonstrate" "damage"? Does it not bother you that while some areas are, indeed, "losing" polar bears, other areas have a growing surfeit of them? Does it not bother you that the "experts" so lauded in that film not only refuse to provide their data, one of them actually DESTROYED data, so "his enemies" (you know, real scientists?!) could not see it? They also conspired to get a journal editor removed from his job because he was (go figure!) actually willing to print disagreements with their "received canon."

    How nice for you that that lying movie made you feel good about yourself. ("I'm on the side of the angels!") How BAD for you that you've bought into the lies and not researched any further! (Maybe you should try to be on the side of the scientists doing actual science!)

    Maybe read some folks NOT in the church choir, singin' about cap-and-trade and makin' Al Gore richer!

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/12/18/no-global-warming-for-17-years...

    http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/12/19/lawrence-solomon-for-glob...

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/19/why-the-global-warming-pause-ha...

  26. craig castanet
    i'm glad you didn't say Bill Clinton was a hero of yours. Yes, the cavemen are coming!

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