I recently just watched the documentary film, Fed Up. I knew of the obesity issue in the united states for a while now, but I’m still disturbed by how the large companies in the food industry are able to manipulate and control people. I was one of the few students in my high school that supported what Michelle Obama was trying to accomplish with the food in the school systems. I myself have grown up very fortunate. My parents never fed me processed junk when I was a kid, my parents would always cook amazing meals and take me to various restaurants, where I was able to develop a more refined palate at a young age. I consider myself a foodie, I love to cook and try new foods. I lived in Europe for most of my life and not until I moved to Virginia did I realize how different the food was. I never heard of Chick-Fil-A , but the first time I tried it I thought it was gross. I thought the pizza places like papa Johns, Pizza Hut, and Dominos are repulsive. I also didn’t understand why kids loved to eat gummies, fruit roll ups, gushers, and ect. When living in England they did have similar items, but the taste was twenty times better in my opinion. I went from amazing school lunches to lunches where I had to question what I was actually eating. There were no real healthy options, everyday students would get a choice of burgers, pizza, fries, and chicken sandwiches. I never understood why the school wouldn’t provide more homemade meals. The schools version of homemade is a pile of tortilla chips topped with a scoop of mystery meat. Not to mention the drink option was milk, which I thought was strange. The milk always tasted gross to me and I know that the chocolate milk is a huge issue, because of all the sugar but I honestly drank it only because the chocolate flavor masked the weird cardboard carton taste. It was very upsetting to find out that even the first lady Michelle Obama didn’t have enough power to control these companies. What she was doing was their worst nightmare so of course they would get involved and manipulate her program from targeting nutrition and turn it into targeting children to become more physically active. I think the person who deserves more acknowledgement in trying to help the schools food system is chef Jamie Oliver. I have been watching him cook since I was a little girl and I a hundred percent support what changes he is trying to make. I remember he had a television series all about this issue and how he wanted to change not only the schools foods, but fast food chains to offer more healthy and fresh options. But of course once again the food industry feared him then put an end to what he was trying to do. Some schools wouldn’t allow him to be anywhere near their schools. They cancelled the television series and not much has happened since. I can only hope the one day society can make these necessary changes to help the future of the generations to come. I hope that one day someone can speak out against these large companies to make these significant changes. It’s wrong what the food industry is doing and when I have children of my own one day I will not stand by and let met children be manipulated or tempted into eating false advertised and sugar/sodium overloaded foods and beverages.