Around 68 percent of American adults are obese or overweight, and diabetes and childhood obesity rates have soared in the past 20 to 30 years. Yet, Americans consume about 152 pounds of sugar a year, and 80 percent of 600,000 food products sold in the U.S. have added sugar. These facts and more will come to life at the free community screening of the documentary “Fed Up,” hosted by HALSAmd Monday, Oct. 27 at Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium.
First Selectman Peter Tesei has issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 27 to be “Skip Sugar Day” in Greenwich. Selectman David N. Theis will read the proclamation to the audience prior to the 6:30 p.m. screening.
“Fed Up” is produced by Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar-winning producer of “An Inconvenient Truth”) and director Stephanie Soechtig. The film features interviews with the country’s leading experts, follows families struggling to lead healthier lives and uncovers truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history. USA Today says, “The movie will change the way people think about eating.”
“This film serves as a wake-up call to everyone to pay attention to the foods they eat,” said Peter Sibirzeff, co-founder of HALSAmd, a Greenwich medical weight management clinic, and the nonprofit HALSAmd Research, host of the event. “Even if you are not overweight, excess sugar consumption can put you at risk for serious illnesses.” According to “Fed Up,” “Only 30 percent of people suffering from diet-related diseases are actually obese.Wwhile 70 percent of us – even those who look thin and trim on the outside – are facing the same consequences.”
Director Stephanie Soechtig says: “I really hope the audience leaves feeling a sense of obligation. The system isn’t going to fix itself . We all need to get involved if we want things to change…”
The free screening is co-sponsored by the First Bank of Greenwich, the Spa at Delamar, Back 40 Mercantile, Moore Physical Therapy, Fontana, the Junior League of Greenwich, Yogasmoga and Trader Joe’s.
Greenwich Library is at 101 W. Putnam Ave.
Registration for complimentary tickets is available online at HALSAmd.com but note that seating is limited. – Edited by Georgette Gouveia