This post and $50 Whole Foods gift card giveaway are brought to you by the new movie, Fed Up, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Feeding my kids and teaching them healthy food habits is one of the things that weighs heavily on my mind. I serve mostly-home cooked meals the majority of the time. We don’t eat out very often. But the food options that are the easiest and the fastest (and sometimes those options look pretty appealing to a busy mom like me) are not the best for them. I know that. I also know that I like sugar just a little too much. The kids see me drinking sodas…and I cringe to think what that is teaching them.
I’m fed up with the example that my kids are seeing and the food mentality that they’re growing up with.
About FED UP
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. 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.
See the trailer here:
The Chilling Facts:
- Between 1980 and 2000, fitness club memberships more than doubled across the United States. During that same time, the obesity rate also doubled.
- Cases of Type 2 diabetes diagnosed among adolescents (ages 8-19) in 1980: 0 | Cases of Type 2 diabetes diagnosed among adolescents (ages 8-19) in 2010: 57,638
- From 1977 -2000, it’s estimated that Americans have doubled their daily intake of sugar.
- In 1981, as part of the National School Lunch Act, President Ronald Reagan cut $1.46 billion dollars out of the child nutrition budget. As a result, government got rid of cooking equipment and turned to the food industry for a cheap, simple alternative: In 2006, 80% of all high schools operated under exclusive contracts with soda companies. By 2012, more than half of all U.S. school districts served fast food.
- Since 1995, the government has provided over eight billion dollars in subsidies for corn-based sweeteners.
- Between 2008 and 2010, children’s exposure to junk food ads (including online) increased 60%.
- By 2010, two out of every three Americans were either overweight or obese.
The Fed Up Challenge
Starting on Monday, May 12, join the #FedUpMovie team in going sugar free for 10 days. It won’t be easy – especially for those of us who love sugar as much as I do – but together we can take the first steps in fighting the biggest public health crisis of our time. Take the pledge at https://fedupmovie.com/fedupchallenge.
From FED UP: Once you see Fed Up and learn the the truth about sugar, we hope you get as Fed Up as we are with the state of our food environment. We are facing the biggest public health crisis of our time and the future of our nation depends on us taking action in our homes, schools, communities and workplaces. Taking the Fed Up Challenge and going sugar free is the first step.
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Fed Up $50 Whole Foods gift card giveaway
Ready to re-think your grocery list? One (1) winner will receive a $50 Whole Foods gift card. The giveaway will run through 5/23 and a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below:
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