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  • Summary: Far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has ever realized. This potent exposé uncovers the food industry’s dirty secrets. This exploration reveals how, in the wake of media attention, public fascination with appearance and government policies pushing for change, generations of Americans will live shorter lives. [RADiUS-TWC] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Cameron Fowler
    May 11, 2014
    83
    Fed Up is a glossy package that gets its warnings across loud and clear: we need to change what we eat.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 8, 2014
    83
    A surprisingly in-depth and confrontational examination into the obesity epidemic among Americans, especially children, over the last 30 years.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 8, 2014
    80
    A whirlwind of talking heads, found footage, scary statistics and cartoonish graphics, the movie is a fast, coolly incensed investigation into why people are getting fatter.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 8, 2014
    75
    Like “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), the Oscar-winning film about climate change, it is a call to action. As a screed, it builds a credible, engaging argument, presenting evidence, statistics, talking-head testimony, whimsical charts, poignant personal stories, and animated illustrations of digestive processes to make its case.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 8, 2014
    75
    And that's Fed Up's ultimate, if not fatal, weakness: The movie seems to acquit consumers of any culpability in our health crisis.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    May 8, 2014
    70
    Along with producer Laurie David (who was also behind Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Couric has made an unabashed muckraking documentary that ends with a call to action that’s half inspirational, half grating. It’s propaganda, to be sure, but effective propaganda.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 8, 2014
    40
    Despite the film’s worthy goals, there are some empty calories. Katie Couric’s narration and Soechtig’s uninspired style make it feel more like a TV special than a feature documentary.

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  1. May 10, 2014
    10
    This movie needs to be seen by everyone. It is very human. And it provides useful science. And it recounts some politics that need to be shown the light of day. And no I do not work for the film makers. I am a former PE teacher who wishes I could show this to my classes. But I will make sure that this movie gets into schools. Expand
  2. May 28, 2014
    8
    A well-researched, thoroughly documented indictment of the food industry and its practice of putting profits before public health, often with the tacit blessing of those in officialdom. Despite some occasional issues with the flow of the material and a tendency toward repetition, the film nevertheless makes its case effectively and intelligently. A must-see for anyone who cares about what they eat. Expand
  3. May 14, 2014
    8
    An accessible documentary that chronicles the obesity problem. Footage of children struggling with their weight is intercut with various scientific and political machinations. A variety of interview subjects, including some big names, spice things up.

    The film's conclusion is essentially that refined carbohydrates are the source of our ills. This matches up pretty well with where the science is on the subject. Foods that spike your blood sugar levels, including, obviously, sugar, but also processed grains of various sorts, cause the hormonal state that leads to obesity, which is why low-fat and various other "healthy" trends have failed to accomplish anything. This is presented intelligibly enough, and some products with sugar that seem healthy to most of us apparently aren't. Even I was surprised at some of the examples that flashed across the screen.

    The film downplays the importance of physical activity somewhat; which seems questionable. Despite having Bill Clinton on repeatedly, it doesn't talk much about plant-based diets and instead focuses on the importance of cooking your own food from whole food ingredients rather than getting things that are processed and full of additives. It also focuses heavily on advertising to children and school lunches, concluding that people become addicted to the sugar rush of processed foods before they can make informed decisions, which is likely to antagonize some viewers.

    Despite not covering every base, the film ultimately presents an - ahem - digestible narrative that lines up well with the medical experts I know.
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  4. May 27, 2014
    6
    The largest health issue in the world today is obesity, primarily due to sugar and the big business that shamelessly sells it. As a film, this is standard doc fare: lots of expert interviews, snappy graphics, media footage (much of it horribly grainy) and real people whose stories make it personal. This one actually hammers home its message too often, which drags the pace and becomes frustrating. So many documentaries are full of righteous outrage and shocking statistics. It's a shame that the intended audiences will probably never benefit from it's message. Expand

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