Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Reviews
What this documentary showed me was that you don't have to stop eating the things you love for the rest of your life to stay healthy. As long as you eat those foods occasionally and in moderation. Also by making fruits and vegetables a large part of your daily diet, you can live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Since watching this documentary, I have doubled down my vegetable intake and cut pop and other sweets out almost completely. I do love pop, so that has been a hard one for me. Unfortunately I don't like diet, so I'm basically an addict who falls off the wagon occasionally. I have also tried juicing a meal a day as a substitute for an actual meal. I am planning a 7 day all juice diet here soon to really kick some pounds and fill my body with some much-needed nutrients. But for now I have lost weight and am currently sitting at.... 229lbs.
Beyond the inspiration, the film is a great watch. Joe Cross and Phil Staples make life saving changes and show you what hard work and strong self-discipline can do. Just amazing.
On his journey, Joe interviews people across America who seemingly all have the same shocking confession; they would rather eat the junk they are feeding themselves daily instead of buying themselves more life with friends and family by just adding non-processed foods and exercise to their diet. One man Joe meets in Arizona is desperate for help; a morbidly obese truck driver who just happens to share the same rare auto-immune condition that Joe had been suffering from. Eventually in desperation, Phil takes up Joe on his offer for help and calls Joe in Australia after Joe had returned from his trip.
Phil joins Joe on his strict method of weight reduction and detoxification; drinking nothing but blended fruits and vegetable juices for 60 days.
The movie is horrifying (people‚(TM)s real lifestyle and circumstances slavery to food addiction), fascinating (the science behind the method of dieting used), and inspirational (both men make a real and drastic change in their lives).
The interesting thing about the film is the unexpected turn of Joe meeting Phil. It basically cuts the movie in two, veering from Joe‚(TM)s documentary premise and mission to helping Phil via phone from the other side of the world as Phil becomes so empowered buy his progress that he leaves the truck and really changes everything about the life that took him from a handsome and athletic competitive swimmer to depressed couch blob.
Because of this sudden bifurcation of the movie, the documentary has more than what was planned to cover in Joe‚(TM)s trip and perhaps sometimes over-simplifies Joe‚(TM)s part of the film. I personally wanted more about how he adjusted to the new diet physically and against his personal food addictions. But I suppose this is made up by Phil‚(TM)s story...Particularly made painful by watching Phil at a family 4th of July BBQ.
The movie almost sometimes starts to feel like a commercial for ‚juicing.‚? But that along with exercise is all these guys did to change themselves. The folks they interview think they are both crazy for doing it and yet inspired enough by the changes they see to try it for themselves. And then there‚(TM)s a situation with Phil‚(TM)s obese brother that is a bit of a ‚nick of time‚? situation that adds some sudden drama to the movie.
I would certainly love to see a follow-up film done for these guys. A recommended documentary on America‚(TM)s biggest health crisis; processed foods.
I will admit that after viewing this film, I felt a little self motivated to go out and buy myself a juicer. One thing that I think the documentary did not touch much on was the cost of this 60 day juice fast for Cross. It is evident that processed foods have become the cheap means of eating within America today. I would be interested in seeing the facts when comparing the cost of meals consisting of partial processed foods to meals consisting of juiced fruits and vegetables.
I do believe that Cross' goal will hit home within the lives of most viewers as they make an effort to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables. This documentary, without a doubt, provides a first hand experience and addresses the importance of taking responsibility for your own health.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is less a documentary and more a feature-length infomercial for juicing. Joe, the main character, decides to go on a 60-day cleanse, then proceeds to drive around the United States having condescending conversations with overweight Americans about their nutrition. There's a little bit of science thrown in for credibility sake, but that takes a hard backseat to the film's unchallenged claim that juicing is the revolution that mankind needs to be healthy.
The problem is, the film is no interest in addressing any of the criticisms of juicing, which most nutritionists think is pseudoscience at best and dangerous and detrimental to your health at worst . This film never mentions any doubts or critiques of the approach, it's sole intent is to sell you a product to the point where there is even an invitation in the credits to visit Joe's website to start your own Reboot (with a capital R).
If you want a documentary that tackles obesity with any sort of depth, skip this flick.