Katie Couric and Laurie David’s “Fed Up” – a documentary about obesity and food – was altered after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to “be kinder to first lady Michelle Obama,” according to Politico.
The filmmakers added at least two scenes to the movie, which argues that Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign dropped its emphasis on food policy to focus on exercise at the behest of the food industry. One shows the first lady unveiling the Nutrition Facts panel at the White House in February, and another shows Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, praising Mrs. Obama’s efforts as “wonderful” for raising the profile of childhood obesity.
The changes happened after a handful of nutrition policy experts featured in the film raised concerns about how Mrs. Obama was portrayed. In an interview with POLITICO, producer Laurie David and director Stephanie Soechtig confirmed that the Nutrition Facts footage was added after the film premiered in January but said there had been no other substantive changes since the film festival. More details available here: http://politico.pro/RzVojV
The documentary blames sugar and the food industry for the obesity problem in the US. It’s been criticized by doctors as well as the food industry.
“It’s a very myopic view of how obesity develops, and it offers no real solutions,” was the assessment of James O. Hill, a pediatrics and medicine professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.
Hill said that he objected to the lack of attention to physical activity in the film and that the assessment of caloric sweeteners as the major problem in Americans’ diets was mistaken. [...]
There is plenty of disagreement over whether it matters to distinguish among sweeteners. Adam Fox, a lawyer who represents the [Sugar Assn.] trade group, said Tuesday that consumption of table sugar has been on the decline. “I have to believe that Katie Couric and some of the doctors are well-meaning, but when you lump” all sweeteners together, it’s a disservice to the public.
The Grocery Manufacturers Assn. said in a statement that, “rather than identifying successful policies or ongoing efforts to find real and practical solutions to obesity, [the film] adopts a short-sighted, confrontational and misleading approach by cherry-picking facts to fit a narrative, getting the facts wrong, and simply ignoring the progress that has been made over the last decade in providing families with healthier options at home and at school.”
It sounds like they simplified the problem, which is no surprise. Also not surprising is how they pandered to Michelle Obama. Do you think they would have been so accommodating to a Republican first lady?
Oh, and just as a side note, Laurie David was also the producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”