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 unpIMG_0495alatable, 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.