A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids and parents will learn what constitutes a healthy diet and how to be healthier about their eating. Viewers will also be encouraged to examine hard science and government policy about the food industry.
One change -- cutting down on sugar -- can make a significant difference to your health. It's not easy, especially given that sugar is in almost everything we eat, but the documentary does provide a few tips here and there.
Positive Role Models
The featured experts are happy to walk viewers through how to achieve a healthier diet. The children profiled in the documentary are very honest about their struggles, which can be inspiring.
Violence & Scariness
Kids talk about being teased for their weight.
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One use of "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Many companies/brands are named (Cocoa Puffs, Special K, Nutella, Toblerone, Twix, Dove, Snickers, Pringles, Lays, Jelly Belly, Arco, Frosted Flakes, and more), but it's all within the context of talking about healthy/not-so-healthy foods.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fed Up is a documentary that focuses on the harm sugar does in the body. It's chock full of statistics, historical facts and figures, research, and interviews that will teach both kids and adults about healthy eating. While there's barely anything in the way of iffy content ("damn" is used once, and plenty of brands are mentioned/shown in the discussion about diet), younger kids may find the film dense and a bit overwhelming with data -- but tweens and older will surely find meaningful take-aways, especially with help from their parents. Expect a lot of questions -- and maybe the urge to purge your pantry -- post viewing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If documentaries were judged solely on whether they break new ground in the genre, this would fall short. Like an A student intent on meeting all the requirements for an A paper, it's straightforward, hardworking, and ultimately unimaginative. But style alone doesn't make a great documentary, substance does, and on that count Fed Up absolutely delivers. It persuades with engrossing interviews and plainly laid out information that drives home clearly and convincingly its thesis: that the United States has its eye on the wrong ball in its fight for obesity. Sugar is the culprit, the film claims, and tons of it is coursing through the veins of Americans, who are unaware that it's in nearly everything they eat: cereal, yogurt, granola bars, fast food, frozen food, canned food, and much more.
The film works by relying on reputable scientists and researchers to bolster hard science -- all without condescending to viewers. It's unafraid to critique established experts, including the government itself and First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program. That fearlessness lends urgency to the situation, as do the profiles of children struggling with their weight and yearning for an answer, a clear answer, that will place them on the right path. They're fed up, and, after seeing this, viewers may get there, too.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.