Revealing the sugar industry’s manipulative tactics that led to the obesity epidemic
2014 | Running Time: 92 minutes | Rating: PG
Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is wrong. FED UP shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government in 1980 overlooked sugar’s role in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children. The film’s investigation reveals how monied “Big Sugar” blocked attempts to enact policies to address these issues. Unlimited financial lobbying resources have fended off attempts by parents, schools, states and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children. FED UP makes a case for how profiteering food corporations have conspired people to become hooked on the addictive ingredients they pack into their products. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Director/Producer: Stephanie Soechtig; Producers: Eve Marson, Sarah Olson; Executive Producer: Katie Couric
Stephanie Soechtig, Director
Stephanie Soechtig is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary TAPPED (2009) about the bottled water industry. Soechtig began her career in television, producing documentaries for 20/20, Primetime Live, The O’Reilly Factor and VH1. She joined forces with Michael and Michelle Walrath in 2008 to start Atlas Films.
Katie Couric, Producer
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, TV personality, documentary producer and author. Before becoming Yahoo’s global news anchor in 2014, Couric worked at all three major networks, including 15 years on NBC’s Today show and five years as the first female anchor to host the CBS Evening News solo. In 2018, she launched the docuseries AMERICA INSIDE OUT on National Geographic Channel.
Sundance Film Festival 2014: Grand Jury Prize: Documentary (nomination)
2015 News & Documentary Emmy Awards: Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction (nomination)
Golden Trailer 2015: Golden Trailer – Best Documentary Poster (nomination)
“Fed Up has a fire in its belly to change things.”