I love movies, and when I was living in Mexico City, I would go to watch them twice a week. Funnily enough, before even thinking about Midst of It, meeting Jodi, and making our lifestyle blog, I had thought several times of having a website where I could share my movie critiques with everyone. I know, I am such a nerd.
Well, today is the perfect day to give a movie critique and feel proud about it. As you might know already or not, I hold a degree in Nutrition and Food Science and after working in the food industry, and getting some real-world practice, I decided to pursue my Masters in Global Health at the University of Glasgow.
So, it might be most obvious to you now why the documentary everyone is talking about now, “What The Health” is so relevant to me.
I am not going to write an enormous Bible, but I will give you my thoughts about the movie, and I will keep it nice and straightforward.
“What the health” is an eye-opener. I am no conspiracy theorist, but Gary introduces some very valid points about some health organizations’ “conflicts of interest” and them not wanting to be open about the correlation of diet with disease. The documentary is brilliantly done and has some striking points, for example; according to the World Cancer Research Fund, eating 50g of processed meat a day (equivalent to one sausage) raises the likelihood of cancer by 20% and furthermore, this sausage is considered a group 1 carcinogen, the same classification as a cigarette.
If you are thinking of becoming vegan, after watching this movie I am sure you will make your decision. I honestly love vegan food, and I always say the same thing to everyone who asks me if I would consider becoming vegan. My excuse is that I am lazy to prepare my own yummy vegan food, but if I had a personal chef that could cook delicious meals for me for the rest of my life, I would sure be vegan.
Some facts mentioned in the movie that have repeatedly been studied are that heart disease is 57% lower in lifelong vegans than in meat eaters, and other studies found that a vegan diet lowers stress and anxiety levels.
One important point that I have to raise is that this movie seems to persuade people to become vegan, and I am not against it. However, I believe that to become vegan you need a health professional to create a specific meal plan for you and to assist you with the transition. You will require a proper nutritional plan that will not put your health in danger. There is NOTHING wrong either in having a balanced diet where you include meat, include an active lifestyle, and make healthy choices.
I am personally all about sources, and get so frustrated when having conversations with people that can’t tell you where they got their valuable information about how “detox and juicing is amazing.”
This movie was great when it came to sources. When providing interesting facts, the filmmaker would mention where the information was coming from, whether from the University of Harvard, or the CDC and it was great to know all the information had a source.
One thing to keep in mind is that just like everything you read, you must be intelligent to process the information. There is no absolute truth, and while I have such a strong science background, I always try to take research, as it is, RESEARCH, something that will always keep improving so, we must stay open to new findings, and read with ease processing the information carefully.
As a final thought, I want to say that only for the U.S.A., diabetes, heart disease and cancer is a 1.5 trillion dollar industry, which the pharmaceuticals companies generate in revenue for treating the diseases. I sure hope the future is brighter for new generations, and we spend this money in prevention, as it would seem that for the time being we stay in the reactive instead of moving towards the preventative.
Now, what did you think about the movie? I would love to hear your opinion!
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science, and have had experience giving nutrition programs to elite gymnasts at the Mexican Olympic Committee and also have experience developing nutrition programs targeted to children. I graduated from my Master’s Degree in Global Health with a thesis analyzing over 400 articles containing nutrition topics at the seven most influential newspapers in the United Kingdom with a thesis called “Coverage of childhood obesity in UK newspapers from 2007 to 2014: A Quantitative content analysis.”