In my last film review post I covered the meat lovers side of things with a pro-paleo type of documentary, but this time around I’m taking care of you plant-based diet fans out there. If you hadn’t already guessed it, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 is the sequel to the 2010 film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead which in a nut shell, followed Joe Cross on his journey to “reset” his health by going on a 60 day juice cleanse. I’m personally not a strong juicing advocate, but I actually really enjoyed the first movie and found the results of his journey rather interesting. If you haven’t seen the first one I suggest you check that out as well. Now you’re probably wondering why they would make a sequel to a documentary about juicing…after all how much can you talk about juicing without it being overkill and boring? Trust me, when this movie popped up on my Netflix recommendations, I was thinking the same thing. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 happened to be completely different from what I was expecting. It wasn’t about vegetarianism, or a in-your-face pro plant-based diet film or a JUICE-EVERYTHING-IN-YOUR-FRIDGE-BECAUSE-IT-IS-THE-MIRACLE-CURE-TO-LIFE it wasn’t even a MEAT-IS-THE-DEVIL-INCARNATE film. While juicing was mentioned throughout the film, it wasn’t really the main focus and on the whole it actually was reminiscent of Nutrition Education class as it had us go on a journey to discover how to best educate people to eat healthier on a overall level (not specifically about how to get people to juice). Joe goes around the world interviewing different people about their eating habits and about their perceptions on healthy eating, and even talks to some professionals regarding food eating patterns, and approaches to changing unhealthy lifestyles. A lot of the information from this documentary was very logically sound and it was refreshing to watch a food documentary that wasn’t about pushing a specific type of eating pattern or diet but rather about how to help people make small steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
To summarize, I recommend checking out this movie if you’re interested in the education side of nutrition and/ or the behavioral psychology aspect of nutrition.