Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry—far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why—despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity—generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.
Through riveting interviews and sharp examination of data, Couric reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. Soechtig and Couric illustrate the effects by following three obese children as they live their daily lives, fighting an uphill battle to lose weight. The lessons offered in Fed Up are an essential primer for living a healthier lifestyle. Learning them may add years to your life. - S.F.
About the Director
Stephanie Soechtig is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary Tapped. Her directorial debut was hailed by critics as “stunning” and “whip-smart” and earned accolades at film festivals across the country, picking up six awards for best documentary feature. Soechtig began her career in television, producing documentaries for 20/20, Primetime Live, The O’Reilly Factor, and VH1. She joined forces with Michael and Michelle Walrath in 2008 to start Atlas Films.
Cast and Credits
Director: Stephanie Soechtig
Executive Producers: Katie Couric, Laurie David, Regina Kulik Scully, Heather Reisman, Michael Walrath, Michelle Walrath
Producers: Eve Marson, Sarah Olson, Stephanie Soechtig
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