Fed Up: Katie Couric & Laurie David's Documentary A Diet 'Intervention'

Fed Up: Katie Couric & Laurie David's Documentary A Diet 'Intervention'

Katie Couric and producer Laurie David chat live from Sundance on Access Hollywood Live about their documentary, “Fed Up,” which addresses the national obesity epidemic. How are audiences reacting to their documentary? Plus, how has the food industry become a big part of the problem? And, what are some of Katie and Laurie’s simple solutions for fighting back?

You know sadly I'm not surprised that we haven't made a real dent in the problem and things keep going the way they are going by 205095 percent of Americans are over weight or 0beaches. It's shocking. And I think this its a real wake up call. Staggering. Katie couric has a lieutenant to say about the national obesity epidemic fed up sundance film festival. She produce and fed up joins us from park city, Utah with fellow producer Lori David. Hell oychlt are you on top of the brewery Katie where are you. Yes. We never left last night Billy. What can I tell you. Made it very convenient so thank you. I love. How is the reception for fed up which is a fantastic sort of crusade hear. How are you being received up there? Well W Well we hope very positively. Premiere was sold out. We have several other screenings this week and you know people seem to come out of the theater angry and shocked. I think they are learning a lot of things they really didn't know before even though there has been so much reporting on the childhood obesity epidemic for so long so I think it is really making a real impact and people are saying it's change the way they shop and changing the way they look at food and eat. I think one of the things happened to us is that we thought we knew a lot about healthy food and what we were eating but there are things in the movie that surprised us. There is so much we larpd from this. So it has been a great experience. Let's talk about that. What is going to shock me the most when I watch this? We don't want to give too much away because it's a really multi-faceted problem and several layers but you know I think that people have so much misinformation. Conventional wisdom like it really comes down to diet, exercise Oracle reis a calorie or so-called energy balance. You know, all these things that have really guided us in terms of weight control for not only ourselves but of course for our children. We really turn on, on its head so I think that the truth is a very different story than what we have been led to bwe have been led to believe for, gosh I guess 40 something years. It's really time for the truth. We really feel like this is an intervention for the country. And it's time to face the facts about what we are eating how we are eating it what our food environment is about. Start making some changes because our kids are getting sick. Lori proud inconvenient truth for the environment this is sort of the inconvenient truth for the food industry. Was there push back. Did you feel push back? Do you feel it now from the food industry because I think a lot of Russ under this misconception or misperception that somehow we are eating healthier on the whole across the country. I think there's a lot of Lori did a grit job within convenient truth and I think so much misleading labeling. People buy things. They are trying to do the right think. They think they are doing the right thing by buying low fat food or buying things that advertise themselves as healthy. So I hi you know it's hard to argue with some of the facts that we point out in the documentary. When you want to have a healthier oreo just because it's few calorie less has the same amount of sugar and we do target sugar specifically because with low fat food craze we have really doubled our intake of sugar Americans have since 1977. So sugar is just one of the culprit in several culprit that we point out in the course of the documentary. All right if we can't stop the food industry what can we do to beat them at their own game? Do you have any tips for us? Yes. We can't stop the food industry how can we beat them at their own game. Lori wrote a great book the family dinner. One thing we can do is bring back family dinners. Cook together. Cook real food. Cook real food. Stop cooking food that has a lot of words on the label that you don't understand. Sit down and eat together. And simple things really like why fast-food in the schools y.do we have soda being sold in our schools? Why still marwhy still market to go children. Children are in the victims in all this. They don't they are not born wanting to be obese so I think so many things that everyone can do. We really need participation of everyone because honestly we are talking about chiare talking about children here. So we need the $72 industry to participate. There's a lot they can be doing. When you see the movie you will get whole long list yourselves. We need the government involved. We need average citizens to get involved and I think we just need a real awakening and so people realize, you know, that you know it is not all that it seems. There's something going on in this country that is making children sick and we need to put an end to it or otherwise the consequences are going to be dire in terms of health care cost, national security not enough people fit enough to join the military and global competitiveness because there's a huge link between diet and your ability to achieve. Both in school and professionally. 600,000 food items at the local supermarket. 80 percent of them have added sugar. That is the point one of the points made documentary. I think we should end on soda. If there's one big evil out of them all isn't it sewed 8. Lower the prisons. Drink water and stop drinking sugar benches. No question. The thing about the supermarket is when you eat dessert or cup containing you know you are eating sugar but when you are pouring salad dressing on the salad or using can or jar spaghetti sauce you don't know it's filled with sugar. That's another huge issue and I think something people are shocked about when they see the movie. Very vivid graphic terms we show how soda is metabolizesed very differently than other kind of food and how it guess through your system and almost medley stored as fat so I think it's very compelling and I think it will change a lot of people and the way they look at food. Well done you two. Now any fun for you all? Any pre-bachelorette party. The saloon there is fabulous. We have been having some fun. You know we really enjoy working together. This is sort of primarily all women behind this project so it's become a big sister hood. Mom power. We are all getting along so that's positive. I want T I want to see some snowboarding shots okay? Get throughout on the snowboard and tear it up if there is snow in fact. Thanks for joinin fact. Thanks for joining us. Appreciate the time. Fed up playing at the sundance film if he is have now and for more information on the documentary, check out the fed up movie web site.