2014 – 92 min. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig
Fed Up shows how the first U.S. dietary guidelines issued, over 30 years ago, overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children. Since these guidelines effectively allowed unlimited addition of sugar to foods consumed by children, sugar consumption has greatly increased, obesity has skyrocketed, and generations of children have grown up far fatter than their parents. These children face impaired health and shorter lifespans as a result. As the relationship between the high-sugar diet and poor health has emerged, the sugar industry interests, with almost unlimited financial lobbying resources, have beaten back attempts by parents, schools, states, and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children.