Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry, Obesity & the Creation of a Health Crisis

Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents — and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of obesity-related health problems, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

While discussions about this spiraling health crisis have tended to focus on the need for more exercise and individual responsibility, Feeding Frenzy trains its focus squarely on the responsibility of the processed food industry and the outmoded government policies it benefits from.

It lays bare how taxpayer subsidies designed to feed hungry Americans during the Great Depression have enabled the food industry to flood the market with a rising tide of cheap, addictive, high calorie food products, and offers an engrossing look at the tactics of the multibillion-dollar marketing machine charged with making sure that every one of those surplus calories is consumed.

Features industry analysts, health experts, and advertising scholars, including Marion Nestle, Kelly Brownell, Sut Jhally, Brian Wansink, and Michele Simon.

Duration: 60 min
ISBN: 1-932869-86-7
Date Produced: 2013
Subtitles: English

Transcript

Filmmaker Info
A Media Education Foundation Production.
Director & Editor: Kate Geis
Executive Producer: Sut Jhally
Producers: Kate Geis and Rebecca Rideout

Food-Matters
Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice
Beacon Hill Seminar

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