Category Archives: Documentaries

How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences shares his personal story about his battle with obesity. Diamond shows how he lost weight and reduced his triglycerides by eating red meat, eggs and butter.

Dr. Diamonds Diet: Diet: Eggs, Butter, Beef, Chicken (with the skin), Full Fat Cheese, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Vegetables (Broccoli), Small Quantities of Fruit, Bread, Potatoes and Sugar.

70% Fat
20% Protein
10% Carbs

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That Sugar Film Documentary

THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.

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Sugar Rush Documentary

In the opening minutes, we see five-year-old Mario having rotten teeth extracted in the operating theater under general anesthetic, with Oliver standing awkwardly alongside, nearly in tears.

Later, we are in the podiatry clinic, looking at close-up shots of the stumps of people with type-2 diabetes who have had their feet amputated.

When Oliver flicks a stack of the 40 sugar cubes people in Britain consume every day in their food and fizzy pop across the room, we know where we are going. It’s 10 years on from School Dinners and the chef is on a new crusade, a war against the added sugar in our diet that he blames for the rising epidemic of bad teeth and type-2 diabetes that, he claims, could finally scupper our crumbling NHS – costing £30m and £8.8bn a year respectively.

Then there is Mexico, where even babies are given Coca Cola but the tide has begun to turn, thanks to a consumer movement that won the battle with government for a tax on sugary drinks.

He is prepared to put his money where his mouth is – “taxing” sugary drinks in his own restaurants. We see him in the Channel 4 film in a meeting with other restaurant chains, trying to persuade them to join in. Oliver believes that the great British public will get behind him, though, and persuade the government that we need the tax – which would be invested in health and schools. In the meantime, he says, in taking on the sugar industry, “I know I’m going to get a bashing.” But he appears to care passionately about this. “Not in a smug way – I feel totally righteous,” he said. “I’m doing it as a father and because every clever person that I have met realizes we’re all aligned in the same catastrophe.”

This documentary was aired on Channel 4 on 3 September 2015

On 19 Oct 2015, Jamie Oliver appeared before the Health Select Committee to discuss how to tackle childhood obesity and the amount of sugar children consume.

On 16 March 2016 George Osborne introduced a new sugar levy on the soft drinks industry to combat obesity. Mr Osborne told MPs: “Doing the right thing for the next generation is what this government and this Budget is about. The tax will be levied on the drinks companies by 2018, giving them time to change the ingredients and recipes of their products.

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CarbLoaded: A Culture Dying to Eat

The film traces the origins of our beliefs about healthful and unhealthful food. Experts from all over the world talk about the problems as well as short and long term solutions. Among the many experts in the film are authors like Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, and Melanie Warner. Medical doctors such as David Perlmutter M.D., David L. Katz, and Timothy Noakes share insights that are certain to challenge the status quo.

Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat is a chronicle of the things it’s writer and director Lathe Poland learned after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He sought to find out why he got sick, because he didn’t fit the classic picture of an adult onset diabetes sufferer. He quickly learned that much of what he knew about healthy eating was based on myths or fifty year old science. In the film he searches out why Americas modern food culture is killing us. The upside? There is a lot that can be done!

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