New Movie Reveals the Truth About the Addictive Drug You Take Every Day (VIDEO)

fed upWe all know what you're supposed to do if you want to lose weight and live healthy: Eat less and exercise. Calorie in, calorie out. It's that simple. Except -- it's not that simple, or we wouldn't be floundering in a tidal wave of type-2 diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases. Two generations ago losing weight was all about saturated fat and will power

Now there's a new culprit on the menu. It could be responsible for the so-called obesity epidemic. And you may be powerless against it. Meet the most addictive drug on the market, the toxin you should be most worried about: Sugar. That's according to a new documentary out Friday, Fed Up.

The movie follows children who are facing dire health consequences related to their weight. And the tragic thing is, they're actually working with doctors to diet their way back to good health. One of them is physically active every single day, and to hear her weep over how hard it is to resist chocolate nearly made me weep. Meanwhile, the parents seem a little hapless. They know they should be making better choices for their kids. Why can't they?

More from The Stir: Here's How Much Sugar We SHOULD Be Eating

Maybe it's not a matter of willpower. The filmmakers make the case that sugar is an addictive substance. It literally operates on your system the same way cocaine does, building cravings and dependence. And since it's in most of our food, it's nearly unavoidable. Basically your best weapon is knowledge, which is why I think Fed Up is worth watching. Even if you don't believe or agree with everything, you'll learn a lot about what's in your food and how you can (hopefully) outsmart the American diet.

Can you win? Maybe. Here's a few things the film says we can do to fight back and reclaim our health.

  1. Try getting off sugar for 10 days.
  2. Avoid buying processed foods.
  3. Steer clear of ingredients you don't recognize.
  4. Beware of added sugar hiding in foods like juice, bread, cereal, granola bars, yogurt, ketchup, chips, salad dressing, and peanut butter.
  5. Avoid kids' menus.
  6. Tell your child's principal to put students' health ahead of soda companies' money -- and get rid of those vending machines.
  7. Pressure your government to stop enabling our dependence on sugar through subsidies.

I'm just grateful I have a sensitivity to sugar that keeps me from eating very much of it. And I live in a community that doesn't constantly bombard me with sugary temptation. And I actually enjoy cooking from scratch. Otherwise, I think I'd be struggling right along with everyone else.

Do you feel like you eat too much sugar? Are you worried about this at all?


Image via Fed Up

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RMT1995 RMT1995

No I don't eat too much sugar. The last time I cut sugar, I passed out in a restaurant. I found out I have low blood sugar. What you're telling people to do would put me in a coma. One size does not fit all. Unless you're a doctor to everyone who reads these articles and know their medical history, don't give medical advice.

Cleo07 Cleo07

This is totally true! Since the 1980s, government policy has been pushing sugars and grains and telling people to reduce dietary fat (stabilizes blood sugar and makes you full) with the end result that we are a nation of obese people hooked on sugar. The irony is that the government pushes sugar on is with bad policies then decades later we taxpayers have to pay for healthcare for all the diseases that develop from their non science based policies.

RMT, being hypoglycemic is a precursor of diabetes so you should follow up with some testing.

I would highly recommend people read some books on this; Dr Hyman has two books called 10 Day Detox or Blood Sugar Solution that basically detox you from sugar. It's a life changer. There are lots of titles out there that are similar but that one I personally can endorse.

aeneva aeneva

RMT1995 I am hypoglycemic myself and no where did she suggest anything that would KILL me.  Cutting added sugar from your diet is not going to harm you if you watch your blood sugar levels and keep enough natural sugar in your system.  That is how I have been eating for years.  I eat very little processed food and try to avoid all added sugar in things.  I do eat a lot of fruit though to keep my blood sugars in check.

nonmember avatar Miss Ann Thrope

Sugars are actually good for you, but in extremely small doses. Sugars are not abundant in nature, so we are hardwired to seek them out (usually in the form of fruit). But as we began to produce our own food (rather than gathering it from our envirorment) we over produced that which we craved, and compounded the problem by refining/concentrating sugar. Our "natural" diet would consist of alot of greens (abundant in nature, not craved but eaten due to availability), some fruit, a small amount of animal protein and fat (there is disagreement as to whether this would be hunted or scavenged, but the nutrition would be roughly the same), and few if any grains.

Our unhealthy modern diet is largely the result of agriculture.

nonmember avatar Darein

Anything in excess is bad for you, next thing you hear they will be talking about banning your consumption of water because of the water weight epidemic and how you can suffer water poisoning and drown in water. Get off your high horse trying to tell me what I can and cannot eat. I am a cook and I will damn well cook what I want when I want with what ingredients I want. I tried swapping out sugar for one of those SPlenda sugars and it made my food all taste like crap. There is nothing wrong with good old fashioned natural sugar, and before anyone tries to make a comment about it I jog close to 10 miles a day aswell and am in excellenct physical health.

bbybl... bbyblueAK

When does this come out? I would like to see the whole movie/documentary.

Manth... Manthie717

Gee I love this article!!! NOT. I am a hypoglycemic and recently had 23 teeth extracted due to severe periodontal disease. I couldnt afford the treatment and my insurance wouldnt pay for it either. Extraction was my only choice. Try keeping your blood sugars up when you cant eat properly. Lots of juice, ice cream, pudding and even poached eggs arent keeping my blood sugars from plummenting. I also recently passed out because of my blood sugars dropping so low and ended up with six stitches above my eye. If you are a diabetic, yes sugar can be your enemy, but on the flip side of the coin, if you have low blood sugar and your doctor approves of ingesting more sugars GO FOR IT!!!!

Katha... Katharine205

Good grief.  All things in moderation, eat a balanced diet (yes, that includes a little sugar) and you'll be fine.

RMT1995 RMT1995

She made a blanketed statement about sugar - she's not clarifying that there is good sugar (fruits, for example) and bad sugar. She just said to cut it for 10 days.

And yes, if you are having undiagnosed symptoms of hypoglycemia for extended periods of time, you could pass out (and I did, whacking my head on a wooden chair) and bleed to death, or even slip into a coma.

There's my backup on that information:

I'll repeat, people who are not medical professionals should not be advising people on what they "should" be doing, ever.

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