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Fed Up (2014)

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School Food Is Good Food.

A trailer for the collapse of the United States under its own obesity during the first half of the 21st century, Fed Up is a nightmare. Produced and voiced over by Katie Couric, this documentary is serious investigative work, crammed with interviews of politicians (including Bill Clinton), a few representatives of the food industry, scientists and obese teenagers who sure are the most distraught of the lot, considering they are the victims of a deeply sick system who has conditioned them to crave for sugar since they were toddlers. Feeling like a dystopian movie? Look no further, the future is happening right now.

Four facts will help you measure up what’s at stake here:

  •  Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine.
  • There are for the first time in history more obese people than starving people on the planet.
  • After intense lobbying from Schwan, a corporation producing 70% of industrial pizza consumed in the US, it was made official in 2012 that pizza was indeed a vegetable.
  • 51% of the US population is either obese or TOFI ‘Thin Outside, Fat Inside”, meaning they present the same metabolic symptoms than obese people, namely diabetes and an excessive fat ratio.

What happened to the tobacco industry at the end of the 20th century might be a glimmer of hope for those who revolt at the idea of their children being enslaved by the Sugar Lobby to eat always more; if nothing is done 95% of the US population will be overweight in the space of a generation. And it won’t stop here, as the middle East and North Africa face the same problem.

“In truth I had no idea what the truth was”, concludes one of the obese teenagers, demonstrating how solipsistic is a system in which a government subsidises an industry while launching programmes to lessen the impact said industry has on public health. These acrobatics have lasted for the last 40 years, and it’s a matter of time before the balls come tumbling down. Scarier than any horror movie, Fed Up makes one want to rage against the machine. But no one was fat in The Matrix, right?

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