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Fed Up With Fat? This Must-See Documentary Changes Everything

The statistics are sobering and staggering. Over 95% of all Americans will become overweight or obese within the next two decades. By 2050, one out of every three Americans will have diabetes. This is the first generation of Americans expected to live shorter lives than their parents.

How did this happen? That’s what Fed Up, a recent documentary narrated by Katie Couric, dares to ask. You can now stream Fed Up if you have Netflix, and I highly recommend you put this riveting film in your queue.

Fed Up knows no easy answers exist for obesity, even if it calls out numerous culprits responsible for the epidemic. Corporate greed plays a significant role. So does politics.

Yet for the past 30 years, we’ve also been misled with the “eat less and exercise more” mantra. “The message has been pushed on us, ‘It’s your fault that you’re fat,’” says Dr. Mark Hyman.

But what if our whole approach to the obesity epidemic is dead wrong?

“There are 600,000 food items in America,” says Dr. Robert Lustig. “80% of them have added sugar.” That added sugar does more than add up around our waistlines; one study found sugar was eight times more addictive than cocaine.

Statistics, infographics, and interviews with notables including Gary Taubes and Bill Clinton as well as a few sugar apologists shape this film. My readers will recognize much of this information: Fed Up entertainingly, informatively gives viewers a lot to think about.

Yet what really grounds this documentary and gives it heart are the human-interest stories about adolescents who struggle with obesity.

Among them, you’ll meet Brady Kluge, a 15-year-old who weighs 215 pounds and has 47% body fat. Joe Lopez, a 14-year-old whose doctor eventually suggests bariatric surgery. And Maggie Valentine, who often sobs as she discusses her obesity struggle and the confusion it creates for this 12-year-old.

Equally confused are their parents, whose intentions are pure even when they (often) make incorrect food choices for them and their kids. Fed Up shows how the processed-food industry has overtaken our schools and homes but also the way we see food.

Therein lies the paradox. Contrary to the stereotype that obese people simply need to move more and eat less, these adolescents and their families are hardworking, intelligent people who’ve been misled by food corporations eager to put profit before health.

These adolescents exercise religiously, make “healthy” food choices, and remain proactive about losing weight and attaining optimal health. Yet tragically, they’re still overweight.

It’s heartbreaking, and not all of their stories resolve optimistically. I admire Fed Up for not trying to neatly end in a feel-good tone. At the same time, the documentary’s message that you have the power to make healthy eating choices becomes empowering and positive. You’re going to leave this documentary charged up.

Simple though this idea is, if enough people embody it, we can reverse the obesity epidemic. Much like cigarettes have become maligned over the past few decades, we can fight the junk-food industry and take back our kitchens to reduce our risk for obesity and disease.

Fed Up will move you, humor you, anger you, and inspire you. Yet it also contains the power to transcend those qualities and start a food revolution. For that reason alone, everyone needs to see this film.  Stream Fed Up on Netflix.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition for Practitioners

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a type of detective work that identifies the underlying causes and conditions that cause disease instead of treating symptoms. Using functional lab work, we recognize patterns of imbalance in the body and identify healing opportunities.


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Our functional health coaches work with each client in a health building process using the powerful, proven, protocols of our D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® program. This natural, holistic approach yields the highest level of positive results for our clients.

We don’t medicate, we educate! We don’t guess, we test! The FDN Certification Course teaches which labs to use and how to interpret the results. Some health coaches may offer labs, but without a complete understanding of how to interpret them functionally, most providers end up treating only the test results instead of the person.

With FDN, you can create simple, customized step by step health restoration plans to your clients. AND GET REAL RESULTS!

Do you know what’s wrong with me?

“Yes! You have malfunctions occurring in your body that are at the root of your health complaints and we can identify them using functional lab work.”

Most of your clients have no idea what is causing their health complaints…and neither do their doctors. They have been chasing their symptoms for years because other providers can’t find the cause or don’t bother to even look for it. FDN health detectives are different. We use functional diagnostic lab work to identify underlying malfunctions and then use a holistic protocol to support that body’s ability to correct those malfunctions.

Can you help me?

“Absolutely! But you must be as committed to restoring your health as I am.”

Customized FDN protocols are based on finding healing opportunities, and not on just treating symptoms. It takes time to rebuild, repair and restore normal function to the body’s cells, organs or systems. Clients typically experience improvements right away. But balancing body chemistry, detoxification, improving digestion and assimilation, and immune system boosting each come with challenges that require persistence and possible course corrections. Restoring hormone balance may happen quickly in some people and take more time in others due to how we each respond to our own chronic stress factors.

Have you helped others like me?

“Yes! FDN health detectives have helped over 100,000 people reach their best level of health in many years.”

Many clients have completely resolved their health conditions even if they were previously diagnosed with serious medical conditions. And your clients can too! There are over 500 FDN health detectives in 30 countries helping thousands of people. We learn how to resolve our own health issues while taking the course, and then we use those tools to help our clients.

Learn more about the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course.

About Our Founder, Reed Davis

Reed is a Certified Nutritional Therapist and Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Certification Course. Reed is known as one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world today, having provided functional assessments to over 10,000 clients for hormone levels, bone density testing, adrenal function, digestive problems, immune system and detoxification issues as well as testing for pathogens, food sensitivities and many related health problems.