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April 22, 2014

“If a foreign nation were doing this to our children, we would defend our families.”

Filed under: Public Health & Medical Care — by Christopher Bellavita on April 22, 2014

“One of the great public health epidemics of our time.”

“The epidemic here is worse than was previously estimated. Much worse.”

“Over 95% of all Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades.”

“The government is subsidizing the obesity epidemic”

“By 2050, one out of every three americans will have diabetes.”

“There are 600,000 food items in America. Eighty percent of them have added sugar.”

“Junk food companies are acting very much like tobacco companies did thirty years ago.”

“Ronald McDonald never sells to children. He informs and inspires through magic and fun.”

“This is the first generation of American children expected to lead shorter lives than their parents.”

“If a foreign nation were doing [this] to our children, we would defend our families.”


All the quotes come from a trailer for the muckraking homeland security movie called Fed Up (thanks, Dan).

More about Fed Up in a moment, but I call it a homeland security movie because if the claims about the epidemic are accurate, here is another issue affecting the safety and security of the nation that is not within the DHS portfolio: i.e., a generation of children whose life expectancy may be shorter than their parents.


Theodore Roosevelt gets credit for originating the term muckraker.

In April 1906, he said “The men with the muck rakes are often indispensable to the well being of society….” 

He went on to say they shouldn’t be raking muck all the time, but in the same speech he noted,

There are, in the body politic, economic and social, many and grave evils, and there is urgent necessity for the sternest war upon them. There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil man whether politician or business man, every evil practice, whether in politics, in business, or in social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform, or in book, magazine, or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful.


Switch over now to the food you and your family eat. How’s that going? Do you understand what foods help you and your family stay healthy? What foods don’t? Do you even pay attention to food? Where do you get your knowledge about nutrition?

Enter the muckrakers to give us what may not be an objective set of answers to those questions, but they do claim to be accurate.

The film “Fed Up” is scheduled to open in theaters on May 9th. It was produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David. David also produced “An Inconvenient Truth,” a film not exactly without controversy or complaints about skewing data to make a point. (See, for example, Section V in Richard A. Muller’s Physics for Future Presidents , or this Washington Post fact check article: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2007/10/an_inconvenient_truth_for_al_g_1.html).

I can’t imagine going to a theater to watch a video about the food industry. But I guess people actually do that.

As one person who watched the Fed Up trailer below commented,

“I swear to god, there’s going to be people watching this movie in the theaters with a large soda and popcorn with extra butter….”


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Comment by john comiskey

April 22, 2014 @ 7:22 am

Still debating whether or not obesity is HLS. If obesity is HLS, then what is not HLS?

Obesity is a grave national concern. I will take the Fed-Up challenge, “no sugar for 10 days.” See: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home

I will take my children, ages 21 and 18 to see the film, but will not pay for buttered popcorn nor soda

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 22, 2014 @ 8:11 am

The enemy is US! POGO!

Please name a few corporations in the top 500 that don’t have a business plan of fleecing the sheeple.

The FDA and Dept. of Agriculture are booth in the food business but their regulatory paths rarely result in effective or efficient regulation
Notice how few if any studies of the food chain or food supply and terrorism.

One example is the supply of seafood! Where does it come from and how is it processed.

My favorite food angst is MAD COW’S DISEASE! The testing regime has huge gapes.
Yet PRION diseases often take months to develop.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 22, 2014 @ 11:08 am

Correction: Prion diseases can take years to develop!

Over two million in Britain still threatened by Mad Cow outbreak in early 1980’s!

Comment by Donald Quixote

April 22, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

Of course obesity is homeland security, we have yet to find a topic that is not since the enterprise and undefined term were coined………………

P.S. I am just big boned.

Comment by Sally Chapman

April 22, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

Whether obseity is a Homeland Security topic can be debated, but as far as the military is concerned, it is most definitely a national security concern. See:
Too Fat to Fight: Retired Military Leaders Want Junk Food Out of America’s Schools https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=26179. This and many other titles concerning obesity can be found in the Homeland Securiy Digital Library at http://www.hsdl.org

Comment by Donald Quixote

April 22, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

Does obesity not just join many other important concerns such as education, drug use, criminal histories, mental health and many other issues for the future of our military?

Comment by Tom Russo

April 23, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

All of which has elements of truth but there is also an undercurrent of responsibility and prudent lifestyle choices by educated, concerned elements of our citizenry. Most recent, what some 32,000 individuals who ran the marathon vs. some 16k last year. But, this is not an isolated incident. It happens across America on a regular basis.

Is this homeland security? Well, consider that HHS/CDC is not structured within DHS where the focus of initiatives intended to address these national ills emanate. This is simply lazy adults, failing to direct children into healthy choices because they are sandwiched between job and raising a family in an environment saturated by ad nausea amounts of advertising intended to compromise indecisive parental decision-making.

Cultures throughout the centuries find ways, intentional or unintentional of purging the population of those unable to match the requirements of survival in the culture. This nation has found its Achilles heel!

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