13 Things I learned while watching Fed Up

In a recent break of binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy (if you follow me on Twitter, you know my Grey’s obsession) I decided to delve into another genre I’m fond of: documentaries. My friend suggested I watch something on Netflix about the food industry in America, so when I searched I came across Fed Up. Surprised I hadn’t watched it sooner, I took some crucial notes in hopes that others find this topic as important and I do! Enjoy my 13 facts from Fed Up.

  1. Up until 1953, people thought exercise would cause heart attacks and lower sex-drive.
  2. To burn off a coke, you have to bike for and hour and a half.
  3. The food industry donates to studies to show that exercise is more important than diet in losing weight in order to make sure their sales are consistent.
  4. There were 0 cases of child diabetes in 1980 — and 57,638 in 2010.
  5. Doctors are unsure the consequences of child diabetes because it is so recent.
  6. Labels such as ‘light’ and ‘reduced fat’ trick consumers into thinking products are healthier. However, the fat that has been taken out of the product has been replace with sugar for taste.
  7. From 1977 to 2000 Americans have doubled their sugar intake.
  8. Natural sugars consumed by eating fruit are considered healthy because of the fiber.
  9. The American Heart Association suggests a serving of 6-9 teaspoons of sugar a day; the average American consumes 41 teaspoons.
  10. In a Princeton Study, 40 out of 43 cocaine-addicted lab rats chose sugar water over cocaine water. The rats were then deprived of the sugar water and went through extreme withdrawal; ultimately proving that sugar is 8x more addictive than cocaine.
  11. The World Health Organization wanted to restrict sugar intake to 6% of daily consumption, but the Bush Administration shut down this idea because this plan would hit the food industry too hard.
  12. Bill Clinton’s complexion resembles a ham (sorry, I had to).
  13. During Michelle Obama’s mission to reduce childhood obesity, major brands agreed to reformulate their products to reduce calories. These brands (Kellogg’s. Hershey’s, General Mills, etc.) removed 6.4 trillion calories total. However, the sugar content in these products stayed the same or increased.


Also, there is a 0% chance Taylor drinks soda. That is all. XX TB


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