We have all been told, “Calories in, calories out. That losing weight is as simple as calories in calories out. Overweight people simply need to eat less and exercise more.” According to Coca-Cola, a calorie is a calorie. This documentary, in the style of a well-made 60 minutes episode, takes issue with this. A calorie is not a calorie when a calorie is sugar.I know sugar is not a healthy choice, but honestly I have never looked at sugar as the poison that this movie showed it to be. The primary problem is that sugar is in everything! This movie follows four children (ages 14 – 17) that are struggling with their weight. It was heartbreaking to watch these young children struggle with their weight and health issues. But it is maddening to see the large food corporations and congress work together to categorize pizza as a vegetable so they can keep it in school cafeterias everywhere.Sugar is addicting. I struggle with sugar cravings, and when life gets stressful I crave the sweet stuff all the more. As addicting as I know sugar to be, I was surprised when they compared sugar to cocaine. When mice where given the choice between sugar water and cocaine water, 40 of the 43 mice preferred the sugar water. That is powerful!
Food corporations put sugar in every processed food from cereals to crackers, to salad dressings, to peanut butter, to soups – I’m not just talking about cookies, ice cream, and cakes – I am taking about virtually every packaged food item in the grocery store. With this being the case, it becomes very challenging to get added sugar out of our diet. But looking at the increasing diabetes that Fed Up chronicles, it becomes crystal clear how important it is to change the way we prepare food, to change the way we eat.