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June 19, 2014

Free showing of 'Fed Up' in Derry

DERRY — On Tuesday, June 24, a special free showing of the acclaimed documentary, “Fed Up,” will be held at Derry Five Star Cinemas 12 at 10 Ashleigh Drive.

Produced and narrated by Katie Couric, the film analyzes the obesity epidemic of the past several decades. “Fed Up” brings to light that what people have been told about food and exercise for the past three decades is wrong.

“We felt that the information in this film is very important for the local community to hear,” said Elisa Mercuro, D.O., medical director of the wellness programs at Derry Medical Center. “Our patients are no different than the rest of the nation which is seeing alarming rates of obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes. The message in ‘Fed Up’ is empowering. It means what we eat can have a huge impact on our health in the prevention and treatment of chronic health conditions. That is what we help patients do at the wellness center.”

In the film, Couric exposes the fact that the “low-fat” craze hasn’t made people less fat. When fat is taken out of food, the food industry adds sugar under dozens of different names to make the food taste better. Sugar intake has doubled between 1977 and 2000, and research suggests that sugar and processed food are at the heart of the obesity problem.

Following the film, there will be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session with Derry Medical Center medical providers, and nutritionists to help viewers process the information and learn how to improve their diets and their health.

The movie showing is free, and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. People are advised to come early. For more information, call 537-3033 or visit derrymedicalcenter.com.

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