Fed Up isn't the first documentary about our nation's food crisis, but it is likely to be the most impactful. With the backing of Katie Couric (who conceptualized and narrates the film) and Laurie David (who produced the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth), Fed Up takes a no-holds-barred approach to addressing how the food industry is causing rates of childhood obesity and disease to skyrocket.
"I've been in the news business for 35 years, and I noticed that as time went by, I was covering more and more stories about childhood obesity. But they were always snapshots of information — the latest study, the newest shocking statistic. I felt frustrated that no one was taking a truly comprehensive look at the problem — what was causing it, how have we changed our diets, what should we be doing differently — but instead took conventional wisdom and repeated it over and over again," Couric said.
She reached out to director Stephanie Soechtig, and the project took off. Soechtig sent recorders off to several obese children and teens across the country and asked them to record their personal journeys. "The footage that we got back from these kids was so candid and so personal," she told us.
Using these real-life examples as the framework for the documentary, Fed Up invites its viewers to take a brutally honest look at consumption in our country and the impact it's having on our kids. We can almost guarantee that it will change the way you think about food and approach feeding your family. Fed Up hits theaters on May 9. But before that, you can check out 10 of the most shocking facts that we learned from previewing the movie. Even if you consider yourself to be knowledgable about nutrition, you'll learn something new.