Movie Producers of “Fed Up” Say F.U. to Congress

Photo from RadiusTWC
Photo from RadiusTWC

Before Congress voted on the School Lunch Vote this week (which includes a rider that would allow public schools to opt out of a set of nutrition standards that Michelle Obama pushed forward in 2010 if they demonstrate that implementing the standards presents undue financial hardship) the movie directors of “Fed Up” sent a special message.

According to an article this week in The Huffington Post:

“The producers of hit food documentary “Fed Up” delivered “Fed Up”-themed M&M’s to 29 members of the House of Representatives today, to encourage them to vote against an agriculture appropriations bill that the producers said could make school lunches across the country less healthy than they already are.

Each 1.5 oz tin of M&Ms — which were stamped with the words “Fed Up” and colored red and blue, to match the candies on the movie’s poster — contained 24.75 grams of sugar, less than half the 55 grams that the producers found are in a typical school lunch today.”

This is awesome.

Kudos to filmmakers Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David, for both making the film “Fed Up”, and for having the grit to send the message that it is imperative for our schools to serve children  more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less processed foods full of salt and sugar.

And for f**k’s sake Congress, pizza is not a vegetable.


Raw Food Diets Dangerous for Children?

The New York Times published an article this week about the dangers of putting children on a raw food diet.

Here are some highlights:

“Many doctors are cautioning against the trend. A child’s digestive system may not be able “to pull the nutrients out of raw foods as effectively as an adult’s,” said Dr. Benjamin Kligler, a family practitioner with the Center for Health and Healing in Manhattan.

Over the last year, Dr. TJ Gold, a pediatrician in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with a strong focus on nutrition, has seen about five families who are feeding their children, including toddlers, raw diets. Some of the children were severely anemic, she said, and the parents were supplementing the diets with vitamin B12.

“If you have to supplement something for children in order to do it, is that really the right diet for them?” Dr. Gold said.”

I’m a firm believer in bio-individuality, and therefore don’t think it is necessarily the best decision to impose a special diet on children. Just because you are a vegan/vegetarian/raw foodist doesn’t mean your child has to be.

I try to eat at least 51% of my foods raw, and don’t eat meat. But when I have kids will I make my kiddos do the same? NO. I will encourage them to listen to their bodies and eat what they crave (as long as it is not refined sugar, GMO, factory farmed meat, or processed junk that is ).

Are you a parent? What is your opinion on diets and children? I would love to hear from you.