The introduction to Sweet Suicide features a video clip of a young boy eating six cubes of sugar, and it captures how his good mood quickly changes to a temper tantrum. There are also several individuals who talk about their sugar consumption and the direct link to food cravings, sugar addiction, and obesity. Previously it was estimated that out-of-control, addictive eating was problematic for less than 10% of the overweight population. Now it's estimated that 40% or more of the population suffers from compulsive eating. Sweet Suicide says sugar is the root of this health evil and many others, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and food allergies.
Appleton's DVD is being reviewed because she dares to step outside the predictable health party line and say something provocative, different, and useful. Sweet Suicide isn't as slick as a Michael Moore documentary, but people who suffer from compulsive eating and systemic chronic health problems will find something here that's worth 60 minutes of viewing time.