What I Learned from Watching Fed Up

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In the documentary Fed Up overweight teenagers are interviewed and asked about their diet.  Individuals consistently refer to processed food as health food.  Items such as cereal, lean hot pockets, and other reduced-fat items.  They all began to exercise more and eat less, but they were not seeing drastic results.


What if the solution, eat less exercise more, is actually making things worse?  In order to burn off a 20-ounce bottle of regular soda it would require 50 minutes of running or 5 miles of walking to burn it off.  That is a lot of exercising for one soda.

Is 160 calories of almonds the same as 160 calories of soda?  According to the documentary, no it isn’t.  The reason is that almonds and soda are digested differently.  Almonds consist of fiber and protein so digestion is much slower and you will be less hungry.  Soda is digested quickly and the abundance of sugar is actually changed to fat.  In order to digest the sugar insulin is used.  High levels of insulin blocks the brain from feeling “full.”  Soda doesn’t provide any nutritional value, it will leave you wanting more!

So what is the solution?

  • Reduce your refined sugar intake
  • Avoid processed food
  • Avoid, soda, fruit juice and sports drinks
  • Eat fresh produce
  • Eat more fat 
  • Focus on improving your daily habits

America’s sugar consumption is at an all time high.  80% of the foods you find at the grocery store contain added sugar.  Since sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine, these processed foods will actually increase your appetite!

If you have Netflix, sit down and watch it with your family!  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Casey Bresnahan
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