Hungry For Change is a powerful documentary that you can now watch on Netflix. It talks about the food industry, the diet industry, and the rising obesity epidemic. I think almost everyone would benefit from watching it. Even if you’re familiar with the concepts/facts, they’re presented in a very inspiring way. I will say that it’s definitely not perfect. I didn’t like how some of it was very anti-meat/pro-juicing and some of their claims seemed a little less scientific than others. However, it was still a great and eye-opening film that I highly recommend. Here are some of my favorite points made throughout the movie.
1.) Food kills more people than drugs
This is pretty shocking to write out. But it makes sense if you think about it. Food and obesity-related diseases are one of the most common causes of death in America.
2.) 90-95% of people who go on a diet will gain it back plus some
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t diet. It’s destined to fail for so many reasons. I’d rather just live a healthy lifestyle always. The documentary cites a study performed by UCLA that found this statistic through a meta-analysis of 31 long-term studies.
3.) To lose weight, add food instead of taking it away
This seems counterintuitive, but hear them out. Most diets operate on the basis of eliminating certain foods and often even entire food groups (like the failed low-fat movement of the 80s and 90s). Hungry For Change suggests the novel idea of adding healthy foods instead of restricting yourself. When you restrict yourself, you’re going to want food even more than you did before. But if you eat enough fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, you’re going to be too full (and if you cook them right, satisfied!) to have much of the bad stuff. Plus, you won’t even be thinking about it.
4.) It’s not about willpower. Sugar is an addiction
I think this one is pretty powerful since so many struggle with binge-eating. The first part of the documentary really focused on how bad our society’s dependence on sugar is and how highly addictive (even comparing it to heroin) it can be. And it’s not just the obvious sugar from sweet treats. All processed food is filled with addictive chemicals. But if you can cut those processed foods out and eat real food, you’ll get to the point where you won’t crave the bad stuff anymore (I sure did!)
5.) We’re “overfed, yet starving to death”
This is so simple, but it really drives the point home. We’re always going to be “hungry” if we keep eating these processed foods without nutrients. Throughout most of history, people ate fairly low-calorie diets with a high percentage of nutrients. Now society lives on a high-calorie diet that’s near devoid of nutrients.