Fed Up

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Informative, engrossing docu about saying no to sugar.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 92 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Kids talk about being teased for their weight.

Sex
Language

One use of "damn."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDuncanDerund May 11, 2014

Great

Documentary has very positive messages of saying no to junk food. One d*mn. There is a lot of product consumerism. Can teach younger kids about eating healthy.
Parent of a 10, 14, and 16 year old Written byKatieSF May 23, 2014

Not a kids' movie

I brought two of my kids to see this after getting the thumbs up on Common Sense Media. We left after 15 minutes because it freaked my kids out, especially my a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 4, 2015

Fed Up

Oh! I am very happy to see the movie Fed Up is here. Please, please, please watch this with your child! People all over the world are making horrible decisions... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byolympicmascots June 5, 2016

Might be uncomfortable for some kids

This movie is good and educational about the sugar crisis. There are some parts that can be uncomfortable for some kids.

What's the story?

For decades, America has been fighting an increasingly intractable war against obesity, but now people are FED UP. Both children and adults are gaining weight at an alarming rate, even as more Americans head to the gym and amp up their exercise. Diets of all stripes have come and gone, but the weight piles on. What's the culprit, and how long has it been lurking in our diet? How did the country get to this point? This documentary, from the producer of An Inconvenient Truth and narrated (and co-produced) by Katie Couric, examines the role that sugar plays in the obesity epidemic and exhorts viewers to ask questions and make significant changes that could make a difference in their health and future.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Fed Up's premise. Do you agree that most Americans have too much sugar in our diets? What's to blame? What can we do about it?

  • What do you think about the film's position that our culture has overemphasized exercise while not putting enough scrutiny on our daily food intake? Are both diet and exercise important in staying healthy? Can you do one and ignore the other?

  • Is obesity the biggest public health problem we're facing in the United States? Does the movie clearly trace how we got here? What makes the film persuasive?

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