There is a new documentary in the works, and it has certainly captured my attention. Executive produced by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig, the film “Fed Up” explores the American obesity epidemic, specifically focusing on sugar. However, the film differentiates itself from other books, movies, television specials that focus on sugar in one big way: In addition to railing on sugar as the cause of obesity, “Fed Up” focuses on the fact that skinny is not a sign of healthy.
It’s about time.
I’m so glad that we are finally having a conversation around the fact that someone can thin but still have as much internal body fat as a morbidly obese person. In recent years, emerging research has shown that just because a person is skinny it does not mean that they are healthy. People of average weight can suffer from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions once thought to be associated with only obese individuals. Weight may not be the driver behind this, but body fat that comes from foods loaded with sugar most certainly is, according to “Fed Up”.
The film attacks sugar pretty seriously, even referring to it as the “new tobacco,” and blaming the food industry and the government as the biggest pushers of the substance. Fed Up focuses on the importance of not blaming children for the fact that they are obese, but rather the marketing that has pushed our country into a sugar induced epidemic. (more…)
Katie Couric’s new talk show tackles the serious issue of eating disorders in America with her September 24 episode featuring Demi Lovato.
The star, singer, and host of X Factor tells Couric her personal story of her rise to fame and how, along with it, she developed an eating disorder that almost killed her. Lovato speaks out against our culture’s obsession with thinness and body image by explaining how she defeated her demon before it spiraled out of control. (more…)
Couric was the co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” for fifteen years and then went on to become the first female anchor of an evening news broadcast at “CBS Evening News” until 2011. Today, Couric is a correspondent for ABC News while taking on the daytime talk show at the same time.
“Katie” is an hour-long talk show with a live studio audience in New York. Couric will commemorate what’s being called her “new beginning” by interviewing other women who are in a transitional period in their lives. The first week is marked with guests that include Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow for her inaugural episode, both in major places of transition right now. Simpson will be addressing her new life as a mother and the public struggle she’s having to take off her baby weight. Crow will discuss how her life is changing as a new mother at age 50 and her recently discovered brain tumor. (more…)