Arab Today, arab today fed up filmmaker obesity crisis at breaking point
Last Updated : GMT 08:08:21
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Fed Up filmmaker: Obesity crisis at breaking point

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Fed Up filmmaker: Obesity crisis at breaking point

Los Angeles - AFP

The US food industry's responsibility in fueling rising obesity levels is put under the microscope in a documentary released in the United States this weekend. "Fed Up" examines why, while there is a boom in gym membership and a surge in shoppers seeking low-fat alternatives on supermarket shelves, two out of three Americans are overweight. "Obesity has been a problem for the last 30 years and I think we are reaching the breaking point," director Stephanie Soechtig said in an interview ahead of the film's US release. "At the end of the day, I think it comes down to money. I think there's a lot of money in the food industry and it influences politics, unfortunately." The film, which opened on limited release in US cinemas Friday, shows how the food industry has managed to persuade US authorities to recommend that 25 percent of calories come from sugar. The World Health Organization says the figure should be 2.5 times less. "I think we can say that the government is right now more interested in making money than taking care of its society," Soechtig said. - Resist the temptation - The problem is not unique to the United States. The WHO has also sounded the alarm in Jordan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Venezuela, among other countries where more than 30 percent of the population is obese or overweight. In the movie, three children recount their efforts to combine diet and exercise to fight the flab. Despite their best efforts, they continue to gain weight as processed, sugar-rich foods are all around them. At school, the lunchtime cafeteria offers a menu of pizzas, nachos and hot dogs. The documentary criticized the fact that in 2006, 80 percent of high schools had contracts with soft drink companies and in 2012, half of all schools served fast food. First Lady Michelle Obama has weighed in on the issue with her "Let's Move!" campaign, and politicians have put pressure on food companies to reduce sugar levels. But brands like Coca Cola, Pizza Hut and Pepsi have not disappeared from school refectories and corridors. - 'We can change food industry' - Nutritionists have been warning about the problem of obesity for decades. The issues are well known by experts: sedentary lifestyles, high-calorie diets and poor policy choices among them. "There are a lot of good people in the government trying to do really good things," said the filmmaker. "But there are a lot of people that have financial interests. So I think once people hear what's been going on, it will galvanize people to get involved and make changes in their own lives and make bigger changes." The data is striking: in 1980, there were no cases of type 2 diabetes in children and teens aged eight to 19 in the United States. Two decades later, there were 57,638 cases recorded. "Fed Up," which Soechtig first presented at the Sundance Film Festival in January, insists that parents can help reverse the trend. "We can change the food industry, to change its way by not buying its products and we can pressure our politicians by voting for politicians that support the same needs and desires that will make us a better society," Soechtig said. "Parents are incredibly powerful. They also need to create a safer environmental at home and make sure the food is available for their kids." And she said: "This is the kind of fight parents and kids need to do. Kids are future voters. I think anyone needs to get involved."

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today fed up filmmaker obesity crisis at breaking point Arab Today, arab today fed up filmmaker obesity crisis at breaking point

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'

GMT 11:59 2017 Friday ,24 March

Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets

GMT 06:39 2017 Monday ,27 March

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets
Arab Today, arab today Media host gives priority to problems of people

GMT 07:00 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Media host gives priority to problems of people

GMT 13:38 2017 Sunday ,12 March

‘Kong: Skull Island’ film review

GMT 08:34 2017 Tuesday ,07 March

'Logan' claws way to top of box office

GMT 17:45 2017 Monday ,06 March

Raging against a dying light

GMT 17:40 2017 Monday ,06 March

‘Commando 2: The Black Money Trail’

GMT 14:48 2017 Monday ,06 March

'Logan' claws way to top of box office

GMT 11:39 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

'Lego Batman' spanks 'Fifty Shades Darker' at box office
View News in Arabic - Culture: أفلام عربية
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Yemen children dream of school

GMT 07:25 2017 Friday ,24 March

Yemen children dream of school
Arab Today, arab today Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

GMT 11:10 2017 Monday ,27 March

Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Uber grounds self-driving cars

GMT 09:11 2017 Monday ,27 March

Uber grounds self-driving cars
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 09:58 2017 Saturday ,25 March

Nermein Al Fekki films “Foxes in the Valley”

GMT 06:21 2017 Friday ,24 March

MP submits a petition to dismiss university head

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 15:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

2017 already marked

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 20:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

Health expert warns from dust sensitivity

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

US, Britain ban laptops on flights

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:04 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Saudi Arabia ranks 3rd globally for smartphone use

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday