The film “LadyBird” was filmed here in Sacramento. It’s about a teenager who’s family struggles financially. Her dream college is in New York, but going there could harm her already rocky relationship with her mother.
People filled the seats of Tower Theater on the evening of June 19th to watch special screening of “Fed Up” presented by the California Food Literacy Center, The Sacramento Food Film Festival, and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. The documentary covered the epidemic of obesity around the world, the increase of added sugars to our food over the past years, and how different corporations deny that their products are contributing to the epidemic.
“Fed Up” showed that eating less and working out is not the only solution to the obesity epidemic. Over the years, physical activity was more emphasized on the life of Americans. The memberships of gyms increased, but Americans waistlines began to get bigger and bigger. So, there must be a different problem. Look to your food that you’re consuming, and you’ll find that they have doubled the sugars in our food. It even worse with foods that have reduced and low-fat because when you take the fat out of a food it becomes unpalatable, so the large food companies had to make it palatable to keep their business. They thought, “Why not just double the sugar in our products” because most people love sugars. We are hot wired to crave it and seek it out. When our bodies process sugars and is bombarded with it, your liver has to create insulin, which is an energy storing hormone which produces fat.
“The message in the film was very spot on, some of the topics that jumped out to me was, the call to action to get back in the kitchen,” says Amber K. Stott, Founding Executive Director of the California Food Literacy Center. “That way we will be able to control how much sugars, fats, and salts, especially the added sugar to our food.”
“The epidemic of obesity that is not just seen in our children, but in adults. It’s truly frightening in its implications for our community and state,” says Assembly member Roger Dickinson. “If we have people experiencing those diseases related to obesity that means they will live shorter less productive lives.”
“Fed Up” showed that we live in a fast paced era and lead fast paced lives. We like to get our needs met right away, so we are drawn to the convenience of fast food and all the sugars that’s put into the food. It’s easier to go into a fast food restaurant and order a 1 dollar burger and 1 dollar fries, instead going to the store and buying the ingredients.
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For the past 30 years, obesity numbers in the US has soared, leaving many “Fed Up” with the lack of healthy diets.
Now from Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth, along with executive producers Katie Couric and Laurie David comes “Fed Up,” a documentary highlighting the issue of obesity in America. The Sacramento Food Film Festival in association with the Food Literacy Center, has partnered with Assemblymember Roger Dickinson to bring this film to Sacramento.
“The film is important for folks to see and be able to have a kind of dialogue around it,” says Amber Stott, Executive Director of the Food Literacy Center. “We think its so important to be informed about our food and food system. There are so many variables when it comes to our food and the more informed we are, the better choices we can make for ourselves and our community.”
An exclusive, one-time-only showing of “Fed Up” will take place at the Tower Theater on Thursday, June 19th at 7pm.
After the film, a panel including Stott, Assemblymember Dickinson, Dr. Lynn Hanna, CSUS assistant professor of nutrition, and Food Literacy Genius and food writer Matthew Blackburn will share their comments on the documentary and will then open the floor up to a community question and answer session.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $9.50. The Tower Theater is located at 2508 Land Park Drive in Sacramento.