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Family Movie Review: Fed Up (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 98 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 10+. The documentary is a take-down-style expose of American big-food companies, so there’s lots of explanation of how calories work, of the history of big-food companies and how their lobbying groups have affected U.S. government policy, and the negative impact of obesity on our public health. That all sounds very adult, but because the documentary focuses on a few specific obese teenagers, it makes the subject more approachable for children, and makes this an important film for families to see and discuss together.

Why are Americans so fat? And what can we do about it? The documentary ‘Fed Up’ tackles those questions, with fascinating—but necessarily upsetting—results. You won’t look at what you eat the same way again.

By Roxana Hadadi

The mark of a good documentary is how long you’ll think about it after seeing it, and I haven’t stopped thinking about “Fed Up” in days. I remembered it a few days ago, when deciding if I wanted dessert or not. I thought about it this morning, when I looked at the yogurt and juice I was about to have for breakfast. And it crossed my mind again during dinner, when I wanted to get pizza and practically recoiled when I thought about all that cheese—and how the U.S. government has forced it upon us. Because the interplay between the federal government and big-food companies is at the heart of “Fed Up,” and it’s simultaneously fascinating and frightening. The grocery store has never seemed like a more manipulative place.

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