The Missing Message From The Movie Fed-Up
While and after seeing the movie Fed Up last month, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something awfully important was missing from the message. Certainly, the immense problem of global obesity was emphasized as was the political gong show that has become the US government’s influence on food production, processing, marketing and sales. But something critical, perhaps even more important than obesity/food marketing/sugar/etc., was missing from the message and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
After struggling for the better part of a month trying to work it out, the answer hit me in the form of this video (below). Left un-addressed by Fed-Up was something just as, if not more, important than obesity or metabolic syndrome: our personal relationships with our bodies. As the prevalence of obesity continues to rise, so too does that of eating disorders and disordered eating syndromes. Whether overweight, underweight, or “just right”, the number of us who are disgusted by, hateful of, ashamed of our bodies is rapidly growing. This desperately needs addressing. Documentaries like this one will be an important part of the solution.
I should mention that this video was produced as part of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Funds will hopefully be used to produce the full documentary.