Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead

I recently watched the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and it was very inspiring. Its about a man named Joe Cross, who finds that he allowed himself to become obese. The extra weight and his unhealthy lifestyle caused him to get an autoimmune disease, and he has been on medications for nine years. He decides to take charge of his life and go on a fast for 60 days, drinking only juice that he made by juicing fruits and vegetables. As he went along on his journey, he was able to help another man he met, who was morbidly obese and suffering from the same autoimmune disease.

As both men did their juice fast you can see their faces getting brighter and clearer, and they had so much more energy. This journey started out as trying a juice fast in order to get off of medications, and hopefully get rid of disease. Then it turned into changing their entire lifestyle and helping show others how to begin to change.

The documentary seemed kind of like it was filmed as video journal for both men, and it was showed their struggles as well as their triumphs. There were also little snippets of animation that were amusing well placed throughout the film. While watching this documentary, it reminds me of another one I’ve seen about obesity in America. There were doctors who were saying that the only option for obese individuals is surgery. This documentary has proven those doctors wrong. Surgery can help and is even necessary in some cases but it is just a quick fix, and most people end up right back where they started. The best way to get healthy and lose weight is to change your life permanently, which is what these two men did.

After watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, doing a juice fast seems somewhat doable, and I really do want to try and do it….for at least a week.


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