If you thought your Netflix account was just to binge-watch shows from the 90s and early 2000s, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. You don’t have to make your Netflix account a means to replace your old television and be a couch potato. For most of us, who are fitness-minded, health-related documentaries are sometimes far more interesting than some work of fiction.
Documentaries are a great platform to enlight a large group of audience, as there are no limits to their educational power. You will be surprised to watch people expose the truths about sugar or toxins in our household products. It’s not always that you would want to watch real stories of people who grapple with their health or bodies, only to triumph in the end.
The following documentaries are enlightening, scary, moving, and informative which are just a click away to stream. You would be educated, inspired, and somewhat outraged by these documentaries.
- Embrace (2016)
It is a story of Taryn Brumfitt who had posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013. She is a Body Image Activist, who’s post was seen by 100 million people worldwide. It sparked an international media frenzy. This documentary follows Taryn’s journey as she explores the global issue of body shaming and self-loathing.
This is an inspiring story and it asks the viewer to change the way they feel about ourselves and think about their bodies. It is just a 90-minute viewing, which can certainly leave a powerful impact on you.
This film is an outstanding example of documentary storytelling, its impact comes from the way it reaches out to both men and women everywhere and asks why is body shaming continuing into the modern era.
- PlantPure Nation (2015)
This documentary film tells the story of how three people were on a quest to spread messages about our health and the health of our planet. This film dives into the politics behind the powerful meat and dairy industries.
Though it’s setting is based in the United States of America, it is a must-see documentary. It raises a question about the people who advertise better health for you, are the same ones selling you junk items. For example, the people who advertise the importance of protein in our diet happen to be the same people that sell protein to you!? If you think about it, you can get all the protein you want from the plants. But, excessive advertising and selling a luxury as necessity might be killing us and our planet.
It does an excellent job showing both public institutions and the corrupt organizations that promote animal agriculture, as well as the positive force of caring about the same kind.
- Hungry for Change (2012)
It would be an eye-opener for many of us, as it exposes the shocking secrets of the diet, weight loss, and food industries who want to deceive you and want you to keep coming back for more. It explores how the health section aisle in your grocery store is keeping you away from having the body that you deserve.
We all love the convenience of fast and packaged food. But, if you knew the truth about processed foods and it’s effects on the human body, you’d be enraged. The entire diet and weight-loss industry are dependent upon people being duped into their sales funnel. Their business model only works, if the customers remain overweight and unhealthy. Once you witness the ugly truth of these organizations and the things that they do, you would want to think again before you purchase that packet of frozen food.
This documentary won’t help you to find the perfect food for you. That’s not the objective of this movie. It’s about inspiring people to find their little way and about being hungry for change.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.