‘Fed Up’ is a documentary that examines childhood obesity in the US, the alleged insidious practices of big food companies and the lack of political will to address the problem.
“This is the first generation of kids that are going to lead a shorter lifespan than their parents, and that is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable and we really wanted to go after some answers and I think we found some answers in ‘Fed Up’. I think it’s going to surprise people,” says the film’s executive producer Laurie David.
The film follows the lives of four children over the course of two years as they diet and exercise in an effort to become healthier.
It is co-produced and narrated by seasoned American television journalist Katie Couric.
“There’s been an unhealthy alliance, I think, between the food industry and government (…),” she says.
“Every time the government tries to take action, the food industry sweeps in and with the all-mighty dollar gets them to change their minds. And I think as a result we have an incredibly unhealthy marketplace and, even worse, I think people have been misled in terms of what is healthy and what isn’t.”
The latest in a series of call-to-action documentaries following in the footsteps of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, ‘Fed Up’ is described as formulaic but "effective at getting the message out about America's addiction to unhealthy food".
It is out now in the United States.