Take four obese Americans who have not been successful improving their health. Put them in a house together for four months with a staff of compassionate, cutting-edge healers and catch the whole experience on film. That’s what the documentary Feeding Obesity is all about.
The film opens with some very emotional footage of each participant talking about their lives and their struggles with food and health. Interspersed with these interviews are clips of experts – doctors, nutritionists, weight management consultants and science writers, discussing the obesity epidemic and how it can be cured with real, whole foods.
This is no The Biggest Loser. While the four participants do begin to move their bodies and become more physically active, they are not subjected to strenuous exercise schedules that are impossible to sustain in real life. They are fed plenty of fresh, healthy, whole, unprocessed foods and are not encouraged to go hungry.
The film talks about food addictions as a real thing, but gives hope that they can be overcome with a change in the nature of foods that are eaten. The participants were taught how to make healthy meals, including soups and smoothies, using high-quality, nutrient dense foods.
Some of the scenes include the regular group meetings where participants talked about what they were learning with some of their team members. In one group meeting scene, physician and nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis said, “If I hear that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie one more time from a dietician, a doctor, a TV ‘guru’, I’m going to blow a gasket!” Later in the same scene, Dr. Jampolis explains why average people looking for accurate nutrition information are so often mislead by industry-driven research, sponsored by the same companies that manufacture processed foods.
“You’re not too busy to eat real food. It’s just that you’re addicted to fake food. That’s all it is,” said Jon Gabriel, author and weight loss expert. “If you don’t like the taste of real, natural foods, it just means that you’re now addicted to something else…. Add more real foods and you’ll start to get a taste for them. It takes time to make the changes. It takes time to develop a taste for more live foods.”
Over the four months, the group lost 280 pounds by changing habits and their psychological approach to food. The full film runs 82 minutes and is available for free here.
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Author: Rebeca Espinoza
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on at firstname.lastname@example.org.