In conjunction with “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,” Cameron University’s triennial academic festival, the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences will join with Duncan Regional Hospital and Cameron University-Duncan to present a screening of “Fed Up.” The 2014 documentary, which focuses on the causes of obesity in the U.S., will be shown on Thursday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the Duncan Regional Hospital Auditorium. Following the film, attendees will hear from Dr. Ashley Weedn, a national expert on childhood obesity, and Casey Campbell, a registered dietitian. The event is open to the public at no charge.
“To be a healthy and sustainable community, we need to be a physically healthy community, a mentally healthy community and an educationally healthy community,” says Dr. Lisa Huffman, Dean of the Cameron School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. “In addition to the film screening and our guest speakers, we will feature Stephens County wellness initiatives including Veg Up and Pathways for a Healthy Stephens County. We will also offer information and tips on healthy living and simple steps to improve the health of a community.”
Weedn is a board-certified pediatrician and serves as Medical Director of OU Children’s Physicians Healthy Futures Clinic. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Campbell is Program Coordinator and Clinical Dietitian, Oklahoma Pediatric Wellness Center, Pediatrics Exercising and Eating Responsibly (PEER) Clinic.
USA Today referred to “Fed Up” as “the movie that will change the way people think about eating.” The documentary shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children. Since these guidelines effectively condoned unlimited addition of sugar to foods consumed by children, sugar consumption has greatly increased, obesity has skyrocketed, and generations of children have grown up far fatter than their parents. These children face impaired health and shorter lifespans as a result. As the relationship between the high-sugar diet and poor health has emerged, entrenched sugar industry interests with almost unlimited financial lobbying resources have beaten back attempts by parents, schools, states, and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children.
January 20, 2015