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A documentary film examining the reasons behind the enormous spike in diabetes and obesity over the last three decades.

Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat is a documentary film being produced by Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen. The film will explore the exploding diabetes epidemic. Not by coincidence, Lathe was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2010. He always thought of himself as a healthy eater. He rarely ate sweets, never drank soda, and had no family history of diabetes. Why would a seemingly healthy thirty-something like Lathe get a disease like this? The misconception that he had, like many people, was that diabetes is either hereditary and it’s not your fault, or you eat junk food like it’s going out of style and you end up diabetic.

"According to The Journal Pediatrics, pre-diabetes and diabetes cases in children ages 12-19, grew from 9% in the year 2000 to 23% in 2008."

Is our lifestyle, culture, or food ecosystem enabling the sky-rocketing increase in diabetes and obesity? Or is it the catalyst? More importantly, can this wave of momentum be reversed? These are the questions that will be answered in the film Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. Leading nutrition scientists, doctors and researchers will weigh in on this unparalleled epidemic. Additionally, the film will explore our connection to a food culture that may be responsible for the most expensive healthcare crisis in modern memory.

Here is who we have interviewed so far:

We are excited about the names we will be adding to this list in the near future.

KickStarter funds will be used in the following ways:

  • Travel to complete the remaining interviews
  • Graphics and animation creation
  • Musical score
  • Content licensing and fees

We strongly believe that a documentary should be entertaining FIRST. This requires graphics and animation that keep the viewer engaged. Additionally, the musical score provides the emotional pacing that we have all come to associate with high quality films.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Any filmmaker will tell you that there are always challenges to hitting a target date. We are going into this project knowing full well that issues with equipment and scheduling will arise. We are satisfied that we have developed the "tools" to meet these challenges from our 10 years in video production.

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