Everything you think you know about food and exercise may be wrong!
This past weekend my family and I watched “Fed Up”, a documentary produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, an eye opening account of our current food system and how it has led to the obesity epidemic.
The film showcases 6 children battling obesity, diabetes and all of the social and emotional issues that accompany them. My family found it difficult to watch the struggles these children face. It’s saddening to think what will become of them. Take a look at this clip from the movie-
What we learned:
-All sugar is sugar-It doesn’t matter if it is called high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, glucose etc. They are over 50 types of sugar and your body reacts to them all the same way (by spiking insulin levels and helping your body store fat)
-Sugar is listed on food labels in grams but Americans don’t use grams to measure food. If sugar were listed by teaspoons, we would be shocked by what we are eating.
-In 20 years almost 90% of Americans will be overweight and 1/3 of children will have Diabetes.
-School lunches are (with few exceptions) not made at school but are processed foods sent in and heated up for our kids to eat.
-Exercise alone cannot fix the obesity epidemic
–Lobbyists for the food & agriculture business have far more influence on the dietary guidelines than you may be aware of.
What our family discussed:
-What can do better as a family to try to improve our own habits.
-How to read labels more carefully.
-How schools might do a better job at taking care of the students.
-How the government might change it’s actions.
It’s not easy to navigate all of the misinformation out there in the food industry. So what can you do?
-Cook more meals at home with real food.
-Send your kids to school with their own lunches.
-Teach them how to read nutrition labels and make smart choices.
–Take the Fed Up Challenge and Go Sugar Free for 10 days
Are you Fed up? Want to learn more?
I was provided a free copy of The Fed Up DVD through my association with Meatless Monday. I found it eye opening and disturbing. I’d like to pay it forward by giving one of you the copy to watch and then hope that you will then pass it along to someone else and so on. Enter below to win my copy of the movie.