Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead: The Documentary

(Last Updated On: November 6, 2017)

This film is so inspirational, I just love it! The best part is when the truck driver says he wants to give it a go too and you see the two of them juicing away… this just made me cry… what a story! If you are looking for additional motivation to get on track with your health this is the film for you!

Laurentine ten Bosch
Producer / Director Food Matters and Hungry For Change

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well — with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles, Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it is at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429lbs, a cheeseburger away from a heart attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.

What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realise that the only person who can save them is themselves.

The DVD is available at Food Matters.

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