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Katie Couric’s Fed Up Challenge

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Have you seen the movie preview for “Fed Up” and subsequent challenge with its executive producers Katie Couric (who also narrates) and Laurie David, and director Stephanie Soechtig? No? Then, perhaps you need to take a look!

As far as I can tell, the movie is a review of the obesity epidemic in the United States—with its main focus being on added sugars—and how it has been on track with disaster-like consequences for many Americans. This is not a new topic, but does have some interesting facts from the standpoint of today’s farmers and the food industry.

You can find the theatrical trailer below. But, I have not been able to find the entire movie available locally, rather mostly on the east coast. It would be worth seeing, so be on the lookout for it.

In the meantime, we can take a further look at the movie review on by Glenn Kenny. The article does cover several good pointers regarding health through good nutrition:

  • Not all foods listed as “low fat” are really better for us.
  • Food is processed differently in the body and, the resulting metabolism is different; from a good vegetable, versus a soft drink.
  • White sugar and high fructose corn syrup can create changes in the brain, altering behavior.

But, please take the time to read this article, and other reviews of the movie for yourself. (Or better yet, see it if you can!) And, then go to the website for Katie Couric’s Fed Up Challenge program and check it out. Once you sign up, challenge notes, tips and articles are automatically sent to you via email at no cost, over a 10-day period.

“Giving up sugar will be tough because sugar is everywhere and we all crave it, but it can be done if we take it on together.”

The articles are very good and the rationale for making some positive changes are well worth the effort. The actual dietary recommendations are simple, straight forward, and represent sound advice. And, the recipes are simple to make! Give it a try if you would like! The fact that it comes to you automatically each day is really nice.

What are your feelings towards foods with added sugar? Have you seen the Fed Up movie? Will you take the 10-day Fed Up sugar-free challenge?

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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.

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