Documentaries to Help You Eat Better

Super Size Me

Plot Synopsis:

From Wikipedia: Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. View Super-size me wikipedia here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Size_Me

Basic Information:

Directed and Produced by: Morgan Spurlock

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Release Date: May 7, 2004

Trailer:

 

 

 

 

What I Learned:

If you ate Mcdonalds 3 times a day for a month there would be some serious problems with your physical and psychological health.

Other Great Sites About Super Size Me:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390521/plotsummary

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/super-size-me-2004

 

Food Inc.

Plot Synopsis:

From Wikipedia: Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by filmmaker Robert Kenner.The Academy Award-nominated film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. See Food inc. Wikipedia here: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food

Basic Information:

Directed and Produced by: Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein

Running Time: 93 minutes

Release Date: June 12, 2009

Trailer:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKYyD14d_0

What I Learned:

The industrial production of meats and vegetables is very unsustainable. Many major food companies supply cheaper food of lower quality.

Other Great Sites About Food Inc.:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/plotsummary

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/28/some-highlights-from-the-food-inc-documentary/

 

Fed Up

Plot Synopsis:

From Wikipedia:Fed Up is a 2014 American documentary film directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig.The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact policies to address the issue.

Basic Information:

Directed and Produced by:Stephanie Soechtig

Running Time: 92 minutes

Release Date: May 9, 2014

Trailer:

What I Learned:

Sugar in processed foods is an overlooked cause of obesity in the US.

Other great Sites About Fed Up:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381335/plotsummary

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fed-up-2014

 

Sugar Coated

Plot Synopsis:

Sugar Coated is about the sugar industry and how large corporations are no longer being questioned when it comes to the sugar content in their products.

Basic Information:

Directed and Produced by:Michèle Hozer and Janice Dawe

Running Time:90 min

Release Date:May 1, 2016

Trailer:

 https://vimeo.com/122387548

What I Learned:

Sugar is one of the main reasons for childhood obesity. Companies try to hide how much sugar they put in their products.

Other Great Sites About Sugar Coated:

http://sugarcoateddoc.com/

http://darrens-world-of-entertainment.blogspot.co.nz/2016/05/doc-edge-nz-festival-preview-in-game-be.html

 

That Sugar Film

Plot Synopsis:

From Wikipedia: That Sugar Film is a 2014 Australian documentary starring and directed by Damon Gameau. The film looks at hidden sugar in foods and the effect it can have on the human body. The cast includes Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry.

Basic Information:

Directed and Produced by: Damon Gameau

Running Time: 102 minutes

Release Date: February 2015

Trailer: 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uaWekLrilY

What I Learned:

This documentary sheds some more light on the sugar industry and some of the problems that loom over it. 

Other Great Sites About The Sugar Film:

http://thatsugarfilm.com/film/synopsis-2/

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2015/08/that_sugar_film_science_debunking_links_to_mood_health_fatty_liver_disease.html

 

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Plot Synopsis:

Dr. Robert Lustig lectures about how sugar, more specifically fructose, is affecting the US obesity rate.

Basic Information:

Lecture by: Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Universirty of California San Francisco

Running Time: 90 minutes

Release Date: July 30, 2009

Trailer:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

What I Learned:

That diets containing just fats or just carbs work because neither contain fructose.

Other Great Sites About Sugar: The Bitter Truth:

http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/22/5-highlights-from-the-toxic-sugar-video/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/31/bitter-truth-sugar.aspx

 

The Secrets of Sugar

Plot Synopsis:

From http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/– The documentary titled The Secrets of Sugar examines this addiction and its perilous impact on the well-being of our global society. Extensive research has pinpointed sugar’s culpability in a number of our most common and life-threatening ailments, including high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Basic Information:

Directed and Produced by: Dr. Robert Lustig

Running Time: 42 Minutes

Release Date: 2013

Trailer:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8eQ_8Jogcw

What I Learned:

The sugar industry is actually very similar to the tobacco industry in that both create a product many people like and use but has negative effects on the user’s health.

Other Great Sites About the Secrets of Sugar:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/secrets-sugar/

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-secrets-of-sugar