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January 8, 2012 8:25 AM   Subscribe

Documentaries similar to 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead', 'Super Size Me', etc.

Please recommend entertaining documentaries you've seen about weight loss, healthy eating, etc.
posted by mittenbex to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
 
Food inc. is great and available on netflix.
posted by ttyn at 8:39 AM on January 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


America the Beautiful
and
America the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments
posted by timsteil at 8:44 AM on January 8, 2012


King Corn is a quite depressing documentary about US corn farming and its effects on the country's diet, economy, etc.

I Want To Look Like That Guy charts the filmmaker's quest to go from chubby schlub to fitness model over the course of a few increasingly painful months. It exposes a lot of the myths of the fitness and diet industries and is a good complementary piece to the more well-known drugs in sport doc Bigger, Stronger, Faster.
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 8:55 AM on January 8, 2012


Fat Head "debunks" Super Size Me. I was a little skeptical going in. I ended up enjoying it immensely and lost a little respect for Spurlock and his Super Size Me experiment.

A lot of my internet friends like Forks Over Knives. I have not seen it yet.

Seconding Food Inc.
posted by Fairchild at 8:55 AM on January 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Dive was pretty decent. About dumpster diving and food waste.

Botany of Desire might not completely fit your bill, but still very interesting and about food.

Do they need to be about food and health?...

Pyramids of Waste is about planned obsolescence.

There is also Affluenza, about the perils of hyperconsumerism. It has a companion book, which I am reading and enjoying. I've not seen the doc though.
posted by ian1977 at 9:03 AM on January 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


OP:Please recommend entertaining documentaries you've seen about weight loss, healthy eating, etc.

Me:"Do they need to be about food and health?..."

Forgive me!
posted by ian1977 at 9:04 AM on January 8, 2012


Oh cool! The book (Affluenza) is available for free online.
posted by ian1977 at 9:07 AM on January 8, 2012


Oh wait. maybe not. Protected key from the Library of Congress available to the blind and physically handicapped.

I am 0 for 2. Maybe I should go back to bed.
posted by ian1977 at 9:09 AM on January 8, 2012


I favorited this comment on the blue and watched the NOVA program it links to. It was really eye-opening to me to see that training for a @#%ing marathon made people fitter, but (in most cases) barely altered their body fat percentage.

Slim Hopes is a little dated and preachy, but comes at the topic with a critical view of media and advertising.
posted by Orinda at 10:06 AM on January 8, 2012


Half Ton Man
Fast Food Baby
A New Way to See Food
posted by Ideefixe at 10:08 AM on January 8, 2012


The Future of Food
The World According to Monsanto
A Farm for the Future
posted by leigh1 at 11:04 AM on January 8, 2012


"The Beautiful Truth" (ignore the first few minutes- they're unbearably cheesy, but the rest of the movie is pretty interesting, and on a related note, "The Gerson Miracle".
posted by devymetal at 2:30 PM on January 8, 2012


Second for Fat Head - available for streaming on Netflix

To Market To Market to Buy a Fat Pig

What's on Your Plate?
posted by probablysteve at 7:10 PM on January 8, 2012


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