The new documentary Fed Up came to my attention over the weekend, due in part to the appearance of Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, on Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
The movie adds to the discussion about nutritional guidelines and sugar in American diets that, someday, might become significant enough to lead to important change in what we eat as diet is increasingly blamed for out-of-control obesity rates and related problems.
As someone who was on track for “gain a pound a year each year you’re over 30″ up until about five years ago, I can sympathize with one of the first comments in the clip:
The message that’s been pushed on us is “it’s your fault you’re fat”
There are 600,00 food items in America. Eighty percent of them have added sugar. Your brain lights up on sugar just like it does on cocaine or heroin.
When combined with a corporate culture where profits are more important than health along with regulatory capture in government akin to what we see in just about any other big industry and you end up with one of the greatest public health epidemics in human history.