By Jessica Greco
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College on April 16 hosted a screening of the renowned film documentary Fed Up.
The screening was part of the Your Body, Your Health: A Comprehensive Examination of the Functioning of the Human Body series that was held in the Civic Hall of the Connector Building.
The beginning of the documentary presented the obesity issue in the United States with examples from video clips such as people eating processed foods, a commercial with background voiceover for McDonald’s, and the obese public figure who is referred to as Honey Boo Boo.
Pictures and video footage flashed across the screen with an overview of the country’s love for food, the physical effects of this nationwide obsession, and suggestions of typical dieting. Co-producer and narrator of the film Katie Couric asked, “What if our whole approach to this epidemic is dead wrong?”
The first example of childhood obesity in the U.S. was shown with short clips of a video blog and interview with Brady Kluge. Brady is a 15-year-old boy from North Carolina who spoke of his family’s southern eating habits and his struggle with bullies and weight loss.
Between the interviews of young teens struggling with obesity was background commentary from television segments about how simple weight loss is with the help of commercial diets and workout plans. However, visual graphics revealed the statistics of the calories from popular foods in the U.S. and the amount of time working out that it would take to burn them off.
The screening, which began at 6:30 p.m., ended a few minutes early to allow time for a panel of experts to hold a question-and-answer session for the attendees.
Biology Department Chair Rita Connolly, Director of Nursing Programs Audrey Brooks, Dr. Thomas DelGiorno and Director of the Center for Civic Leadership & Responsibility John Pesda shared their perspectives of the film and how their experience has shaped their views.
“I am seeing children who really need to be focused on calories, sugar intake, as well as carbs and fats for a balanced diet,” Brooks said.
Pesda added, “The film isn’t just saying sugar is the problem, the problem is the people that manipulate our foods.”