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Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead: Film Review


I recently watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and I was pleased with the film. It is a documentary that depicts what happens when a morbidly obese man (Joe Cross) sets out to drink only vegetable and fruit juice for 60 days with a goal of losing weight and resetting his health. Ultimately, he "rebooted" his health and inspired others along the way.


This documentary is filled with everyday people who truly make the film. First, Joe Cross shared details about his chronic illness and why it was necessary for him to take extreme measures to implement a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a leading expert in nutrition, supervised Joe’s fast. After meeting Joe, Siong Norte and Phil Staples were motivated to make lifestyle changes to address their own health conditions.


One of the best things about this documentary is that it is so relatable. We all have those moments when we throw caution to the wind and eat unhealthy foods or eat more than we should. Regardless of any of those moments, Joe has probably eaten more. You can’t help but admire him for making a permanent lifestyle change.


Finally, I like the interviews throughout the film because they showcased a diverse group of people who talked about their struggle with food. Without giving away too much, the interviews confirmed food addiction is a reality for many people and our waistlines are strong indicators of our overall health.


Largely, this is an informative film that highlights the negative, long-term effects of unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle. If you want to be more intentional about prioritizing your health, I recommend watching it.

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Additional Resource:

LEAD Yourself to Optimum Health with Plant-Based Nutrition


Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet.

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