Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat

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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

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6 Comments / User Reviews

    Blaice
  1. Blaice

    Demonizing all carbs is the worst kind of pseudoscience, misinformation a documentary or "health advocate" could attempt to provide to the general public. Let me inform you on real science, yet to be presented or cited in documentaries like this, has to say about carbs. If you are speaking about processed, enriched, and altered carbs, you have right to admonish carbs, but that is an ignorant stance lacking in basic biochemical knowledge. Fruits are literally almost entirely carbohydrates, vegetables are primarily made of carbohydrates, and complex carbs (oats, whole grain rice, etc.)
    have dozens if not hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers (not funded by corporations) alluding to the health benefits they provide.

    A generalized title with content that misinformation without providing actual scientific analysis is as garbage as processed carbs.

  2. Sharon H
  3. Sharon H

    Out of five stars, I give this a ten. Although I have been reading books and watching videos on the revolution (or should I say, realization) in discovering what we have been doing wrong for so long, this video helps present the new knowledge in a fun and entertaining way. It helped me recall important facts that we all need to keep in mind. Also, I highly recommend this for people who are just discovering, or haven't yet realized, how we are eating ourselves to death.

    Especially pertinent are the segments on what we find in our supermarkets, and how it's almost impossible to avoid getting added sugars, processed carbs etc. unless we read the labels and understand what the ingredients are. And equally important,the video presents the history and evidence of how we have finally arrived at the answer to major health problems of today and how it is almost entirely due to the food we eat.

    It's all presented in a fun way. I know it's long; almost 1 hour fifteen minutes. But if we can sit and watch a comedy or drama video or movie for two hours, then we owe it to ourselves to sit down for an extended time and learn about the greatest subject of all: our health.

  4. Roderick
  5. Roderick

    It makes sense, let your brain lead your stomach not the advertisers. Great video.

  6. Mitchell R
  7. Mitchell R

    As an athlete, I'll have to agree with Blaice's comment. Demonizing all carbs is the worst advice anyone who claims to be a health advocate. Complex carbohydrates; the grains that make our breads, pastas, cereals etc... are the staple diet that provides energy to athletes such as myself. Ask yourself if you've ever heard of an obese athlete, a person who gets plenty of exercise and has a healthy balanced diet that include complex carbs for energy and protein to rebuild muscle cells damaged during competition and intense training. There lies the problem with the general american population - Lack of exercise combined with poor diets. Documentaries like this leave out the exercise factor. Man has made everything in such a way that we no longer get the exercise we need. We no longer do everything by hand. We no longer walk or jog to our destinations; we have a machine that does everything easier for us. Lack of exercise is the disease in today's america. That's where healthy eating starts; with exercise. You're body will crave the right foods.

  8. mindy
  9. mindy

    This deserves mass viewing on every television channel around the world. This is information that can be backed up in many well-resourced books. Pick up "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and "The Big Fat Surprise" the truth is out there and it is in this excellent doc. film. Buying a copy and sharing

  10. Sara de Sousa
  11. Sara de Sousa

    Blaice and Mitchell, I don't think this documentary demonizes carbs, if you pay close attention to what every respondent says. This is said, 'ipsis verbis', at one point:
    "Carbohydrates take different forms. There are low glycemic index carbs that burn slowly. There are high glycemic index carbs that convert to glusoce more rapidly and cause an increase in insulin. For athletes, for instance, who are looking to replenish liver glycogen after a workout, or even muscle glycogen after a hard workout, fruits and fructose are probably a good option. For someone trying to lose weight, fruit is not your friend. Fructose, because of its different pathway, if your glycogen stores are already full, fructose becomes triglycerides very rapidly and enters a fat storage pathway more readily. So there are a lot of different ways to look at carbohydrates, and it's not necessarily with the eye that all carbohydrates are either good or bad. They have a context."

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