TOTAL HEALTH TRANSFORMATION SYSTEM
Make tonight a movie night with a coach-approved flick.
Below are a few acclaimed options for food movie night to find on Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, or other on-demand video sources.
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment and reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, and what we can do about it.
Ever wondered what would happen if you lived on nothing but fast food for 30 days?
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock takes one for science to find out. (Though you can probably guess…)
King Corn starts off a bit slow, but is well worth it. It helps put the American food system in context and what we can do to improve it. It also illustrates the power of consumer demand.
Our Daily Bread
If you’re a bit of a cinemaphile, check out this compelling and beautifully shot series of images of food production in Western Europe.
Neil is seriously overweight and addicted to food. When a health scare shatters his comfortable routine of over-eating mamma’s cooking and Vito’s pizza in Brooklyn, he moves out to a trailer in the woods to confront eating, his weight, and himself. For more, see the movie website.
Pumping Iron 2: The Women
A classic documentary about women’s bodybuilding in the 1980s, and a follow-up to the hit Pumping Iron.
This one will get you feeling all femacho and wanting to punch stuff. One of Michelle Rodriguez’ first films, it explores what happens to a teenage girl who takes up boxing.
In Defense of Food
Michael Pollan’s famous, award-winning books about food are now a full-length PBS show.
You can check it out here.
The Men Who Made Us Fat and The Men Who Made Us Thin
These are BBC TV shows, so they’re good for smaller bites (so to speak).
The Men Who Made Us Fat looks at the food industry and how it creates extra-tasty, extra-appealing yet nutrient-poor products; as well as how changes in the last several decades have created an obesity-promoting environment. We’re all marinating in it, and it’s hard to resist.
The Men Who Made Us Thin are obviously high-fiving the Men Who Made Us Fat as they tag team on creating a weight-loss industry.
Both investigative journalism programs explore how “fatness” and “thinness” aren’t about “willpower” or “character”; they’ve both become industries with very real effects on average people.
You can find full episodes here.
The Men Who Made Us Fat
The Men Who Made Us Thin