This movie hits our food supply issues from the political/social perspective. Gov. subsidizes corn, much of the corn is used for sweeteners, this corn may be genetically engineered, this corn helps create food-like-products, these FLPs are then marketed to young people, the young people are drawn to the FLPs, they essentially become addicted due to the fructose content (fructose is metabolized in the body differently than glucose), increased fructose in the diet leads to metabolic syndrome, and now we are looking at potentially generations of very sick people. The adult population is also in harm's way but this movie focuses more on the youth in this country.
Sadly, even if people have studied this subject like I have, they may still partake in the demand for these FLPs. Wait until you see the scene where parents protest Sesame Street when the show begins promoting vegetables instead of cookies. The ignorance is very disturbing.
This obesity problem is multi-faceted in that it involves personal choice, culture, ignorance, cost, politics, corporate profits, etc. This movie provides a different perspective on the issue than Food, Inc. and King Corn (also excellent movies). If you care about your children and do not know much about this subject, buy this movie and change your family's eating habits. Knowledge is power...do not be a pawn to the "food" manufacturers. Know what food is and what FLPs are (brocolli vs. cheese nips, alaskan wild salmon vs. fast food fish sandwich, etc.) As a marketing major AND nursing major, I understand these issues. Watch the scene where the clever advertisers use Shrek to sell FLPs to children. This is why I exited marketing...I could not, in good conscience, lie to people just so I could fatten my wallet. However, some of these advertisers do not realize what they are doing.
It will be interesting to see how the country will pay for the coming onslaught of sick people. What will happen to medicare and medicaid? Healthcare costs and insurance will increase. The CDC has said 1 in 3 americans will have diabetes within the next 15 years at the rate we are going. Wow. I could go on and on. Buy this movie and begin to understand the issues. If you are a pawn and refuse to change then save your money...you will need it to pay for healthcare and prescriptions as you slowly kill yourself with the western diet.