Okay so I am not a movie critic. I am just a guy who is passionate about solving obesity and is smart enough to realize that we cannot rely on government to save us from the “evil food industry”. There are too much Washington politics to go this route and as history has taught us time and time again; the person with the biggest wallet usually wins. I just watched Katie Couric’s Fed Up movie last night and think it is a great documentary overall. I do encourage people to watch this documentary. Here are the top three things that I like about this movie:
1) Highly educational/informative
2) Processed sugar comes in many forms and is “evil” in that it is as addictive (if not more addictive) than cocaine. The movie provides a decent argument and data that the food industry leverages this aspect to drive their profits by overloading us with sugar so we consume more food.
3) The movie offers a solution in that through preparing your own food, you can greatly reduce how much processed sugar you consume.
And here are the top three things that I disagree with:
1) The documentary argues that focusing on calories in vs. calories out is not a feasible way to losing weight. I completely disagree with this. Katie, this is a universal truth that you can’t invalidate just because obesity is spiraling out of control. In the U.S. alone there are approximately 100 million people who eat processed food and are at a healthy weight. These people have good understanding of portion control and how to focus on calorie intake vs. calorie outtake.
2) The solution offered to prepare every meal from whole foods is not realistic for the majority of the population to follow long term. Who has the time to prepare every meal fresh?
3) The solution offered takes a “cold turkey”/ “complete detox” approach from sugar. Going from one extreme to the other is very unrealistic and the majority of the population will fail with this approach in my humble opinion (including one of the kids who failed with this approach in the documentary). In addition, the weight loss industry has thousands of programs that take a similar approach of radically changing eating habits in a single day and worldwide obesity continues to spiral out of control.
So in closing, while my program relies on a “calories in vs. calories out approach” as part of the program; I still recommend this movie from an educational perspective. I strongly believe that the cure for obesity must start with teaching people how to eat “bad” foods in moderation and making changes in a controlled stepwise fashion over time to healthier food. And I remain committed in my belief; it is not a question of “if”, only “when” my program transforms the weight loss industry. Until next time, God bless.
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