Laurie David has got a bone to pick with obesity. As the executive producer of Fed Up , the upcoming feature-length documentary she produced with Katie Couric (premiering May 9), David has spent years examining the causes and impact of the childhood obesity epidemic. And now she hopes to change the way Americans look at food.
This wouldn’t be the first time she’s created a film that collectively made millions of viewers not just tune in, but make changes. David was the producer of the 2006 Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She also authored the bestselling book Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! and co-authored The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, which has been published in over eight languages.
“The most exciting thing about this (obesity) problem is that the solution lives right there in your kitchen. It’s your cutting board and your salad spinner. It’s cooking.” That’s the sentiment that inspired David’s book, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, a practical and green guide to the family dinner ritual with ways accomplish it in today’s busy world.
“It’s cook or be cooked,” she says. “But we have to tackle the myth that cooking is hard, that cooking takes too long, that we’re not good cooks. These are all marketing ideas that have told us through advertising that we need to buy processed food. But the chemicals and sugar content of processed food is literally killing us. Enough is enough.”
David is currently working on her second cookbook, The Family Cooks, which is scheduled to be published Mother’s Day 2014.
“The home kitchen is ground zero for a healthy family. If you want your kids to be healthy, the only way you can guarantee it is if you make the food yourself. But how do we do it so it’s affordable and timely?” she asks. Her answer: Home Cooked Sundays. “It will be as iconic as Meatless Mondays. It’s the day you prep your week. You get your kids to do with you. This is the future.”
David will discuss this and other issues related to her books and film when she visits the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College on Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm. She’ll also be signing copies of her books. For more details, visit www.rollins.edu/wpi.
(Laurie David photo credit: Maryellen Baker)