Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry, Marketing and the Creation of a Health Crisis

Synopsis
Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the USA have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of obesity-related health problems, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While discussions about this spiraling health crisis have tended to focus on the need for more exercise and individual responsibility, FEEDING FRENZY trains its focus squarely on the responsibility of the processed food industry and the outmoded government policies it benefits from. It lays bare how taxpayer subsidies designed to feed hungry Americans during the Great Depression have enabled the food industry to flood the market with a rising tide of cheap, addictive, high calorie food products, and offers an look at the tactics of the multibillion-dollar marketing machine charged with making sure that every one of those surplus calories is consumed.

The film features industry analysts, health experts, and advertising scholars, including Marion Nestle, Kelly Brownell, Sut Jhally, Brian Wansink, and Michele Simon.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Social Studies; Health Education
Keywords
diabetes; food production and distribution; marketing; nutrition; obesity; USA

Online availability

URI
http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=308
Price
subscription
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Kate Geis
Producer
Kate Geis; Rebecca Rideout
Editor
Kate Geis

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$275.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

Media Education Foundation

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Phone
+ 1 413.584.8500
Fax
+ 1 413.586.8398
Address
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Northampton, MA
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USA

Distributor

Name

Media Education Foundation

Email
info@mediaed.org
Web
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Phone
+1 413 584 8500
Fax
+1 413 586 8398
Address
60 Masonic Street
Northampton
Massachusetts 01060
USA
Notes
The MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of the mass media, particularly in the US, with emphasis on gender, health, politics, race and commercialism. Sale on DVD.

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