Unlike the products discussed in “Fed Up,” Stephanie Soechtig’s documentary about the food industry and the rise in obesity can’t be accused of false or misleading labeling. It lives up to its title. Like “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), the Oscar-winning film about climate change, it is a call to action. As a screed, it builds a credible, engaging argument, presenting evidence, statistics, talking-head testimony, whimsical charts, poignant personal stories, and animated illustrations of digestive processes to make its case.
So who’s to blame for this epidemic? The film dismisses what it regards as misleading myths, such as the blame-the-victim mentality that claims that people get fat because they eat too much and don’t exercise. These, Soechtig insists, are red herrings to distract from the real culprit — sugar.