While the debate about childhood obesity has been swirling for decades, a new documentary is placing the blame for the country's epidemic on a sweet culprit: sugar.
Fed Up, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is narrated by Katie Couric, documents the lives of three obese children as they struggle to embrace a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. The film takes an aggressive look at the reasons surrounding America's growing obesity problem over the past 30 years, calling for not only for a massive public policy overhaul, but a grassroots uprising towards healthier lifestyles.
Commentary from food luminaries such as Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman — as well as from a host of medical experts and health policy officials — reveal a number of shocking facts, including that 1 out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050 if current junk food consumption rates continue.
The film arrives in New Orleans on June 25 with a screening at Canal Place sponsored by the New Orleans Film Society, appropriately in the final days of the Eat Local Challenge.
What: Film screening of Fed Up
When: Wednesday, June 25
Where: Theaters at Canal Place
Price: New Orleans Film Society members: $10.50; general public: $12.50