An interview with Katie Couric, Laurie David, Stephanie Soechtig, Dr. Mark Hyman #FedUpMovie

INTERVIEWS, NEWS | | May 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

You may have heard about the movie Fed Up, but chances are pretty good you have not. It is not a commercial movie and probably one that most of you (us) are scared to watch. It is a movie about the food industry and more specifically about food.

The movie is PG rated yet I will be betting you that most parents will take their younger kid to see Captain America (rated PG-13), but consider this movie inappropriate for their kids!

Ignorance is not bliss! This topic is not an easy one but personally a passionate one for me. I’m going to write more on this movie but for know I want to share with you some of our interview in New York last week.

When asked about the use of kids in the documentary movie and how they took videos of them. I would have been concerned because I loathe reality television for the exact reason: it is NOT real and people act a certain way if cameras are following. Also I think most features on kids to make a point, exploit kids or shame them. I was concerned about it until I saw the movie and was satisfied how this was very different.

Ms. Stephanie Soechtig replied

I do think–so, you know this idea of vérité documentary filmmaking always felt a bit disingenuous to me because any time there’s a camera and a boom mike in the room with you, you’re going to be aware that it’s there. So, you know the footage that we got back from these kids was so candid and so personal.  And I’m not sure that they would’ve opened up to us in the same way if we had you know lights and cameras there.  So, I do think it’s the way to tell this type of story because they also guided the story we told in that when we saw certain problems that they were facing.  Maggie, for example, one of the girls, exercises three days a week and walks her dog.

The focus on obesity was a major part of the topic but the movie moved out of that to talk about hidden health conditions, and when asked about that, here is the response.

Ms. Katie Couric

And this is really about overall health and what we’re doing in terms of what we’re consuming. And even if you’re thin, we talk about TOFI, you know thin on the outside, fat on the inside.  And you know I think it sort of some of the eating disorders and eating issues and societal pressures we’re putting, especially on young girls, is really a whole topic in and of itself.  You know we’re not talking about adhering to specific societal standards of beauty.  We’re talking about really health and disease-causing diets that we’re really trying to shine a light on in this film.

You can’t talk food industry and not get into politics and the movie went “there”. Dr Hyman was probably the most passionate on this as he sees the effects in his waiting rooms. Asked about this he responded.

Dr. Mark Hyman:

 You know I think it’s money.  Ultimately I think money, politics, and health are all so intertwined that the things that really need to get spoken about and the way they need to get spoken about aren’t.   And our own government who’s supposed to be representing us is failing at bringing this issue to light, even though they know what they are.  I think in the movie it was clear that Michelle Obama at the beginning came out all guns blazing. And then when she talked about the partnership with the food industry, you could see her whole demeanor change.  She looked depressed.  I mean she didn’t look up.  She had no eye contact.  She was not engaged.


There is so much talk about how eating better is more expensive and unrealistic that many have built this image that it is not possible unless you’re rich. Asked to comment on that..

Ms. Laurie David:

And the Vetri Foundation is doing it in Philadelphia.  And Kate Adamack, who there’s a shot of her at the end of the movie with the cafeteria worker who says you know by using the fresh beans, we’re saving $4,000 a year.  Okay?

So, it can be done.  And honestly one of the things we hope is that this movie’s going to be a catalyst for all the incredible people around the country who are innovating and who are fighting–you know who are fed up with school lunch and fed up with cancer and fed up with all the ancillary issues.


Please note that this is only part of the interviews, I cannot get everything posted but I will be posting more on the topic. Please, go see the movie. This is so important for all of our lives. Stay tuned and follow #fedupmovie on Twitter and other social media channels!

About the movie:

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Visit the official website

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About the Film

FED UP – The film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. In theaters May 9.

For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

Disclosure: Travel and living expenses were covered as I traveled to NYC to cover the interview.

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