Films on Fat

See also: FILMS ON JUNK FOOD

Fed Up

Documentary 2014 PG 90 minutes. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the United States. It presents evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem. It points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the obesity epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers. How did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. The obese parents who raise obese children — why aren’t they in the least bit curious as to how they’ve become 300 pounders when their ancestors were all normal. This film is an expose of the food industry’s pedaling of sugar-rich junk food to kids and the epidemic of obesity that has resulted from it. It rightly points to the chief villain in our food choices–sugar–as addictive and toxic. Sugar is clearly added to food products that historically had none in an effort to elicit a crave factor, so you can’t stop eating them. See Full Review

Killer at Large:
Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr44m. This probing documentary explores the ever-expanding issue of obesity in America from individual, political, scientific and cultural perspectives. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the US today. But how did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. There are poignant moments, such as a 12 year old girl having liposuction. The film gives a range of reasons why we have this issue regarding obesity in America: school junk food, too much sugar, lack of information about high fructose corn syrup, portion sizes, television, intense advertising aimed at children, cozy cartoon characters hawking sugar, parents, food companies, politics, lobbying, greed, and economics. See Full Review

A Place at the Table

Documentary 2012 PG 1hr 24m. Using personal stories, this powerful documentary illuminates the plight of the 49 million Americans struggling with food insecurity. It is a startling fact that there are 50 million people in the US that don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity is an invisible, but very real problem in our country. Of the developed world, the US ranks 23 in food security. Our country has a lot people who are both fat and undernourished. I have always wondered about the obesity epidemic in our country. Obesity results from hungry people eating cheap low-nutrient foods of empty calories. What the filmmakers attempt to point out is the link between obesity–which believe it or not is a sign of poverty in some, the disparity in subsidies provided to monopoly-farms vs. smaller vegetable-producing farms that directly affect the prices of fruits and vegetables, and how this is all linked to the common problem of hunger. See Full Review

America the Beautiful 2
The Thin Commandments

Documentary 2011 NR 1hr 49m. Documentary provocateur Darryl Roberts returns with another look at the American beauty industry, this time examining how the national obsession with weight loss has negatively affected our perception of what really constitutes a healthy weight.

Miss Representation

Documentary 2011 NR 1hr 30m. Explore how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership. This film presents startling facts and gives you information that you may have known on some level, but that also needs to be brought to the forefront for anything to change. Men should see this film to help realize how engrained sexism is in our society and how to change it, and women should watch this film to help empower themselves. Everyone should see this film to understand how to treat people (especially women) with the respect they deserve.

One Nation, Overweight

Documentary CNBC Originals 2010 TV-PG 43 minutes. Obesity is our largest public health crisis. More than 200 million Americans — including a third of our children — are at risk. Go inside the race to beat obesity, where the waistline meets the bottom line.

Killer at Large
Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

Documentary 2008 NR 102 minutes. Obesity causes 110,000 American deaths each year and plays a role in one-third of all cancer deaths. Yet, despite ballooning concerns, little is being done on the public policy level, as this probing documentary explains. Exploring the issue from individual, political, scientific and cultural perspectives, the film features appearances by Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and others.

Fast Food Nation

Drama 2006 R 113 minutes. Richard Linklater’s fictional tale (inspired by Eric Schlosser’s 2001 nonfiction book of the same name) critiques the junk-food juggernaut that’s arguably responsible for America’s alarming obesity rates. Greg Kinnear plays Don Henderson, a corporate exec of a national fast-food chain, who follows beef’s journey from the corrals to the slaughterhouses — and ultimately to your stomach. Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Bruce Willis co-star.

Thin

Documentary 2006 TV-MA 102 minutes. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield chronicles six months in the lives of four women undergoing treatment for eating disorders in this revealing documentary that captures the stark realities of the disease with unprecedented access. Powerful and haunting, the film follows four anorexics ranging from age 15 to 30 as they undergo therapy sessions, endure daily weigh-ins and battle with staff at a Florida treatment center.

Super Size Me

Documentary 2004 PG-13 98 minutes. Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald’s fare. See Full Review

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Documentary 2010 NR 97 minutes. Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path — including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables — that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health. See Full Review

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2

Documentary 2014 NR 1hr29m. With the help of experts, Joe Cross details the eating and lifestyle changes that can help others match his weight loss and health achievements. You definitely need to watch the first movie to get a good grounding of what this one is about. After that, this is an awesome next step on how to move beyond the juice-fast and into the lifestyle while dealing the with pitfalls that are bound to happen. The movie is highly entertaining and merely looks back at the what has happened in the lives of the people and communities Joe visited in the original movie. It takes an honest look at the successes and failures of those ordinary people and paints a very realistic picture of the struggle many people go through to get healthy. The advice is 100% true. A plant-based diet does truly revolutionary things for your health, weight, happiness, and overall well being. Love the message. Very well done!

Forks Over Knives

Documentary 2011 PG 96 minutes. Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. See Full Review

Food Matters

Documentary 2008 NR 80 minutes. With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.See Full Review

Hungry For Change

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 29m.  This documentary exposes secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don’t want consumers to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping people from having the body and health they want.

Vegucated

Documentary 2010 NR. Vegucated is a documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough.

Change Your Food, Change Your Life

Documentary 2005 NR 80 minutes. Nutrition expert Jill Ovnik explains why viewers should consider the vegan lifestyle and how to make the switch to an all-plant diet. In an informative and entertaining video, she explains how cutting out meat and dairy products can reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and other diseases, increase energy and help lose weight. She even leads a guided tour of a grocery store to show what to avoid buying and what will taste great.

Kiss Your Fat Goodbye
Get Fit Now

Documentary 2008 NR 59m. Nutritionist Dr. Gary Null examines America’s obesity crisis, explaining why popular diets like South Beach and Atkins aren’t effective in the long run and presenting truly healthy solutions to dangerous weight issues.

The Hidden Epidemic
Heart Disease in America

Documentary 2007 NR 116 minutes. With the waistlines of Americans expanding and the shocking increase of childhood obesity, more and more U.S. adults are at risk for heart disease. This documentary examines myths, warning signs, treatment and scientific advances, and features a panel discussion led by moderator Larry King. More than half of those with the disease die from it with no warning, while the other half are completely unaware that their lives are in danger.

France: Outlawing Ana
French lawmakers battle eating disorders

Documentary Frontline / World 2009. When reporter Lucie Schwartz began researching eating disorders among French women, she had never heard of “pro-Ana” blogs. A quick Google search turned up hundreds of websites in all languages featuring images of skeletal women and a mantra for starvation and thinness. Her story explores those caught in the phenomenon of “Ana” and why French lawmakers are taking “her” on.

Picture Perfect

Documentary 2007 43 mins. We are barraged by media images that unrealistically glamorize and sexualize women and girls. This lively and engaging film explores the impact these messages have on young women’s physical, psychological and emotional health. Through the voices of a racially and culturally diverse group of women and girls, Picture Perfect examines the interplay of race and ethnicity, body image, dieting and eating disorders, and the early influence of toys and cartoons. It offers tools to begin dissecting and questioning the media that influence our behaviors, attitudes, and values.

Fat: What No One Is Telling You

Documentary 2006 NR 90 minutes. Fighting fat in America is the focus of this documentary that not only underscores the challenges experts face in finding solutions for obesity, but also uncovers the painful prejudice toward those who struggle with this health issue. The program includes features designed to help viewers attain a healthier lifestyle with tips on eating and exercising for adults and kids.

Diet Wars

Documentary Frontline 2004. Americans spend $40 billion a year on books, products, and programs designed to do one thing: help us lose weight. From Atkins to Ornish and Weight Watchers to the Zone, today’s dieters have a dizzying array of weight loss programs from which to choose–yet the underlying principles of these diets are often contradictory. Is low fat better than low carb? Is Atkins the answer? And has the USDA Food Pyramid done more harm than good? In “Diet Wars,” Frontline examines the great diet debate.

Big as Life
Obesity in America

Documentary 2002 TV-G 45m. Adults and kids coping with obesity discuss size acceptance, discrimination and more as they share touching stories about their daily challenges.

Fat

Documentary Frontline 1998. Despite the appeals of the multi-billion dollar diet and exercise industries, the United States is getting fatter. The media bombards us with images of thin models exuding the message that to be thin is to be beautiful. But for many of us, being thin is a difficult, if not impossible, achievement. Frontline examines how the diet industry is contributing to our frustration over unwanted pounds and asks if one can be healthy, fit, beautiful and fat.

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