Thoughts on the Documentary Fed Up, and Things I’m Thinking About (5-20-24)
posted by Kalyn Denny on May 20, 2014
I thought I knew a lot about sugar and the obesity epidemic, but this movie was a real eye-opener.
I’m going to start things out on a serious note this week. Over the weekend I saw the documentary Fed Up, and even though I’ve been on the anti-sugar bandwagon for many years, I was still stunned by the degree to which over-consumption of sugar is making Americans sick, and even more bothered by the claims of political maneuvering that’s gone on to prevent the government from making people aware the dangers of too much sugar. And I’m not the only one thinking about this; cookbook author and food expert Mark Bittman talks about Fed Up in the New York Times, calling it An Inconvenient Truth About Our Food, and well-known chef and blogger Michael Ruhlman writes On Seeing Fed Up (and you can watch the trailer there.) Also the blog U.S. Food Policy has a piece with links to facts about the diagnosis and potential solutions, and this opinion piece from The New York Times on Why We’re Always Hungry supports many of the points in the movie. Whether you’re a parent, someone who has struggled to lose weight, or just someone trying be as healthy as possible, I highly recommend seeing this movie.
Now, on to a few more things I’ve been thinking about . . .
I’m nearly done reading the recently re-released novel Mornings in Jenin, a beautifully-written book that has made me realize how little I actually know about the history behind the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Very worth a read if you’re interested in that issue or just like a good book.
And finally, I can’t say whether it works or not, but I’m intrigued by this weed killer recipe I keep seeing on Pinterest. My driveway has cracks between the sections where I want to kill weeds, going to try it.
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