Are you Fed Up?

“Fed Up”, a new documentary due out tomorrow talks about something that has been on my mind for a while now.  The current state of food in America and what appears to be the battle of American food companies versus our health and more importantly, the health of our children.  So far, I have only seen the trailer for this film.  You can see it for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCUbvOwwfWM but everything I have seen is something I have thought.  I cannot wait for this film to be out!  I hope you will all go and see it.  I hope it makes an impact!  We need to be fed up!

I mentioned briefly in my first blog the statistic that our children will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.  Are you ok with this?  There is something you can do about it!  It’s time for us to not be victim to big business anymore.  It’s time to say we’re not falling for your business plan.  It’s time to say our families, our children, our health matters.  It’s as simple as that!

NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg tried to take a stand and banned sugary soda drinks larger than 16oz sold in restaurants and other eateries.  Was he applauded?  No, he’s been sued by beverage makers and business groups ever since to reverse the ban.  He’s actually been trying to propose a study restricting the purchase of soda by food stamps but the USDA will not approve the pilot study.  I find this very telling.  This tells me exactly where the concerns of the USDA are.  It’s an old political saying, or is it crime scene investigating?  Follow the money!  The USDA pays out over $4Billion (that’s billion with a B) a year for soda with food stamps!  Seems to me the concern is more with the beverage makers and business groups who would risk losing money over the study than the people who might stand to gain from all the sugar they would not be ingesting from not drinking the soda.

A 12oz can of Coca Cola has 39g of sugar!  4 grams is 1 teaspoon of sugar.  For every soda a child has a day their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, something that used to be referred to as adult-onset diabetes goes up by 60%.  In 1980 the # of children who had Type 2 Diabetes was 0.  In 2010, the # of children with Type 2 Diabetes was almost 60,000!!!  Within the next two decades, it is projected that 95% of Americans will be obese.

Are you fed up yet?

What can you do about it?  First of all, stop drinking soda.  Maybe you didn’t agree with his decision because it was being forced upon you but NYC Mayor Bloomberg made a good call.  I applaud him for it!  And no, diet soda isn’t good for you either.  Stop drinking soda.  In my house, it’s a special occasion thing and even then I feel like I’ve just fed my kids crack.  And from what I’ve just learned from the trailer, I may as well have. If you’re an addict, like I admit I used to be, cut it out slowly.  Try cutting back first and then go every other day.  As with everything else you’re trying new that you want to stick; baby steps.  Find other options.  Flavored seltzer water is one.  If you find a flavor you like it’ll help wean you off.  And then, other things will start to fall into place as well.

Do it for you, your health, your kids and your future.  Let’s make sure they have one.  I’m not going to let that statistic determine their future.  Not if I can do anything about it!

Christine