Obesity is the most substantial epidemic in healthcare today. It's contributed to record instances of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and a host of additional chronic conditions. Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat takes a lively and occasionally tongue-in-cheek approach to this deadly serious topic. As a result, its narrative isn't dulled by endless medical jargon, and the wealth of advice it offers doesn't feel like a sermon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. Meanwhile, childhood obesity rates have tripled during the past two decades. This is a crisis that will impact the longevity of future generations. The film explains the factors that led to this disturbing epidemic, and the steps we can all take to reverse it.
The crisis of diet-related illness isn't limited to the obese. The foods we eat can have a negative impact on any one of us regardless of weight. One of the film's most illuminating revelations involves the scourge of metabolic syndrome, an affliction that may seize more than a third of the U.S. population. This problematic condition is a silent threat to many who aren't even aware they have it. As it turns out, none of us are immune to the unhealthy effects of larger portion sizes, and increased intakes of sugar and processed carbohydrates.
The filmmakers reveal the common misconceptions about exercise and its role in promoting weight loss. While regular trips to the gym are certainly crucial for instilling a sturdy sense of overall health and stamina, one's diet is ultimately responsible for maintaining an ideal weight.
In addition, the film investigates the cultural and economic factors that determine our eating habits. In many cases, unhealthy foods are cheaper and readily available around every corner.
The root causes of our current health crisis might be multi-faceted, but the solutions are simple. Food experts offer their suggestions for adopting the perfect diet, and it's more easily attainable than you might think.
Adorned with playful animations and sound medical insights, Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat provides a common sense and inspiring approach to healthy eating.
Directed by: Lathe Poland