It is striking to contrast that although the problem of obesity had been guessing since

 documentary recently released in the United States that from obvious questions

while uncomfortable, poses a more than likely reality in which the food industry and administrations play a more than prominent role in the incidence of obesity and all its associated disorders . Its translation plays with the double meaning since Fed Up is used so much to indicate that one is fed up with food or eating so much, as to express that it is up to the … very ones in relation to a certain topic. And the theme of the documentary is obesity, its causes, its solutions and the actors involved.

Is there a relationship between the diameter of our waists, in continuous expansion, and the dietary recommendations of the health administrations ?; What if the approach to end obesity was clearly wrong? Are the proposed solutions true solutions? And if those “solutions”, in the end, only manage to aggravate the problem? What is clear, of course, is that the solutions proposed to date have coincided with an increase in obesity figures, rather than in their regression.

 the middle of the last century, it has been since the end of the decade of the 70s when its progression has taken a quantitative leap , upward, important. Precisely when the health administrations have been put to work “seriously” making recommendations in one way or another. And it has done so under unprecedented pressure from the food industry , which, when it has seen its interests in jeopardy, has tightened as it only knows how to make these recommendations and the way they are carried out as comfortable as possible. in attention to their “values”.

I am not of those who hold the view that the food industry produces a range of foods for sick people … However, their interests, “the why” the results (no doubt to improve its balance sheet accounts) includes the At the same time a serious impairment in the health of consumers . He does this by starting with the same design of his products, with his packaging, with the promotional gifts, with his constant bombardment of an unhealthy advertising, with his pressure groups, with his omnipresent presence in almost no matter what environment and thus, in short , giving rise to create an obesogenic environment that, for many people, it is frankly difficult to escape.

I find it difficult to find a criticizable aspect in this documentary.

Despite its long duration, more than an hour and a half, all the issues it addresses are of significant importance and touch them sublimely, providing the most compelling arguments and counting on the most expert opinions . Beginning at the beginning when openly questioning whether it is honest to individually blame people who suffer from obesity. An explanation that comes to the food industry very well.

In this way, to argue that all you have to do is tell people to eat less and to exercise more results in the realization of a serious problem of perspective . I say lack of perspective because this is what has been said through the “official” recommendations for almost half a century … and the global problem more than to be stopped, or at least contained, continues to increase. With this approach lies, without any doubt, the fault in the person involved . I will not say that people, individually, are not involved; but of course, collectively, it looks like there is some general reason that hinders or prevents those people from reaching the goals through the proposed solution. With sincerity, given the magnitude of the problem, I believe that we can not rest everything, not even most of the causes of the problem, on individual responsibility.

I liked it so much that, seeing it, it took me almost four hours to stop and take notes or look for more information on the web about the topics it addresses and the data it provides. In fact, there are few topics, if any, that have not already been addressed in this blog:

Starting with the absurd strategy of counting calories, the issue of empty calories , not to mention the unbridled presence of sugar in our environment (especially when it is camouflaged in “healthy” foods ), the impact of diabetes in our environment, the role of unhealthy advertising , the double game of the industry that we want to sell as healthy those foods with a worse nutritional profile , the curious partners of the health administration to cope, democratically speaking, with the problem of obesity (everywhere they cook beans), the weight of the economic cost of a healthy diet vs another less healthy diet , the importance of school menus , of nutritional and culinary education at home , of tying dogs with sausages and so on. The case, is that in addition the documentary counts on the participation of not few personalities and front-line experts who have a lot to say … and they say it, on this question.

In short it is a complete documentary that leaves the same ball on three different balconies at the same time : in the administrations, in the industry and in the citizens. It is clear that the circumstances invite us to think that the three actors involved are going to do very different things.

 the industry is unlikely to change its way of acting

 the industry is unlikely to change its way of acting

as it happened with the tobacco industry, they will continue to deny the greater since their future depends on their income and, to this day, with sincerity, I have already banished Any idea in my head that invites me to think that they will change in a positive way. For its part, it is expected that one day the administration will realize what it has in hand and what is coming as long as it continues to make the industry fat. So, while that day arrives, which I think it will, citizens are the ones who collectively have to tell the industry where they can put their products , campaigns, advertising and other private aid “for development.” It is the society that with a greater awareness and punishing at the point of sale to certain products, has to end up putting that industry in the place it deserves in virtue of the need of the population … buying more fresh products and less junk food , cooking more and leaving behind so many healthy declarations, reduced contents and enrichments in food. In short, leave ” nutritionism ” aside. If we want something to change we have to take the initiative and not wait for someone to change the circumstances for us .

I could tell you a lot more about some of the scandalous figures that are handled in the documentary or letting you know about the extortion and the sluggishness that the food industry, the different administrations and, for example, the WHO are carrying … but if it did Little would be left to see in a documentary that, despite what has been said, has very, very little conspiracy and a lot of reality . Suffice it to say that among the guests to lend their voice and image are former President Clinton, researchers from Harvard Medical School, numerous politicians from the United States, representatives of the FDA, head of the Public Health Service of the United States, Marion Nestlé … and so many others.

However, let me tell you that many other representatives of the industry were invited to participate in the documentary and did not agree . Those who refused to participate included companies such as: Coca Cola, Kellogg, Nestlé, Pepsi, the North American Beverage Association, Kraft, the Sugar Association, and so on. They will know why since the making of the documentary is, from my point of view, exquisite.

Finally, say that I leave below the link to the video that is currently posted on the YouTube channel with subtitles in Spanish. I certainly do not trust too much that I’m still hanging there for a long time as it looks like it’s against copyright. So you can see it as soon as possible and, better yet, you can already order a copy . I have already done.

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