Now on Netflix: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

I’d been wanting to watch the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and was going to borrow it from a friend. Until I discovered last night that it was available on Netflix. I watched it with the kids today on a lazy Saturday afternoon before being sucked into going out into the pre-4th crowds to go grocery shopping.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is well done, has a nice pace, and just enough animated segments to break it up and keep it interesting. In short, it’s about an Australian guy who is very overweight and has an autoimmune skin condition that causes him to frequently break out in severe rashes. He’s fed up with all the different doctors and advice he’s been given, so he decides to come to America, go on a 60-day juice fast, and talk to people across America as he does it. Not only do we get to see his healthy transformation throughout the 60 days and beyond, but the film follows another guy, a morbidly obese American truck driver, who meets the Australian and decides he too needs to make a change. I love transformation stories (which is why I’m a fan of The Biggest Loser), and this is a good one.

I’d love to see a followup on both of these guys and to learn more about what they are eating in between juice fasts. Also, how healthy is this for somebody that is not overweight and doesn’t have all those fat stores to tide them over? I wonder if the DVD has any special features on it? The website doesn’t seem to have any followup features on it, nor does

I’ve never previously considered a juice fast (I can get VERY cranky when hungry), but after watching this documentary, a 10-day juice fast with fresh organic fruits and vegetables seems like a doable thing, although I’d probably have to get a nice juicer, which isn’t happening any time soon. But it does make me want to commit to making daily green smoothies and juices in the Vitamix. It seems like it would be better to use something like the Vitamix anyway, then you don’t lose the fiber. But what do I know. Not a “juicing” expert here.

Have you tried juice fasting?

3 responses

  1. I have done a juice fast, as well as several other forms of fasting. Unless you are very obese it is NOT something to do to lose weight. Fasting can provide many benefits, I chose to do a fast for the consciousness shift that occurs and the deep meditative states that can be accessed. If you are into science: Fasting can, among other things cause : ‘A slower metabolic rate, more efficient protein production, an improved immune system, and the increased production of hormones contributes to this long-term benefit of fasting. In addition to the Human Growth Hormone that is released more frequently during a fast, an anti-aging hormone is also produced more efficiently.’
    A juice fast is not a true fast however, and I would suggest the going without food for at least 4 days (it takes 3 for the body to stop digesting) then integrating juices into your diet. Only if you are fit and have good muscle tone and good fat. (skinny people, I would check with a nutritionist before fasting).

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