Free film! Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry, Marketing & the Creation of a Health Crisis

In partnership with Baxter Community Center and Our Kitchen Table, Well House will screen the new documentary, Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry, Marketing & the Creation of a Health Crisis, 6 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 18 at Baxter Community Center, 935 Baxter SE in Grand Rapids (49507).

Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents. 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. The film lays bare how taxpayer subsidies designed to feed hungry Americans during the Great Depression have enabled the food industry to flood the market with cheap, addictive, high-calorie food products. It also looks at the multibillion-dollar marketing machine that makes sure every one of those surplus calories is consumed.

A discussion will follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more details email contact@wellhousegr.org.

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