About a year after its initial release, 'Fed Up' has raised awareness about the food industry's role in America's rising obesity epidemic. One of the most successful documentaries in recent years, 'Fed Up' critiques the food industry's choice to market to children, produce misleading advertising, and even add more calories to the market as somehow fulfilling their promise to reform. The documentary dismisses victim-blaming narratives that accuse parents of child abuse and vilify obese children, and instead place a large burden of the blame on industries and the federal government's lack of intervention. Under the mantra that health is paramount and 'free speech' does not excuse selling poisonous products, 'Fed Up' aimed to kick start a revolution and insight a federal government response beyond the 'Let's Move Campaign' that diverts attention away from the child victims and towards the food industry villains.
After a year, the documentary has mobilized responses across the country, but it has not spurred the federal government into imposing more restrictions on the food industry. The documentary received criticism that correlation between the intake of sugar and the rising rates of obesity does not equate to causation, and that, as this review mentions, the film failed to mention food deserts among other issues. Nevertheless, the documentary successfully encourages consumers to question dietary norms and the food industry's aims. After all, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a person must continue to critically think about the foods they are consuming. At the very least, the documentary encourages us all to be more responsible consumers, warning that those who produce and regulate our food products may have conflicting interests in mind.
The latest in a line of documentaries critiquing the American diet, “Fed Up” quickly zeroes in on what would appear to be its villain. According to the film, added sugar, in all forms — including not just the demonized high-fructose corn syrup, but also more natural-sounding throwbacks such as “pure” cane sugar — is almost single-handedly responsible for what one interview subject calls the obesity tsunami sweeping the nation, as well as the sharp rise in diabetes. ...“Fed Up” isn’t so much a warning to the ignorant shopper or a tip for the unimaginative chef as it is a rallying cry. It succeeds in firing up the choir. Whether it will convert the complacent is an open question