7 Lifestyle and Food Industry Documentaries Your Trainer Recommends

by bstevens

Let’s discuss some of my all-time favorite documentaries for health, wellness, nutrition, and the overall well-being of the earth. I genuinely feel that if you take the time to watch these documentaries, you will have a VERY big wake-up call.

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“The biggest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” This a quote that I feel can be interpreted many ways and applied to many different scenarios. This quote is from a man named Daniel J. Boorstin. It appears at the beginning of a documentary called “Food Choices”.  Food Choices and the other documentaries I am going to list below are some of the best I have found thus far. They provide solid scientific evidence, studies, tests and informed educators that do a spectacular job on shedding light on many misunderstood subjects. I frequently get asked about my credentials and where I get the information that I share with my readers. Here is a look into just one of the ways I like to get stay informed for myself and really for you guys as well!


Food, Inc.

I like when people look at me like I am crazy when I tell them that our food industry is the reason we don’t have the long season of fall anymore. This applies to winter as well. In Food, Inc., you will learn how our food industry is the cause of so much harm to our environment and the creatures we share it with.


This piece gives a great behind the scenes look into the world of American farmers. It allows us to take a look through their eyes and see what they have to go through when it comes to dealing with the big box stores and the huge chains that basically own them. This film will pull at your heart strings if you are a hard working person who is just trying to live day by day and provide for your family

Forks Over Knives

Forks over knives is a documentary that works to persuade viewers that there is a better way to live and the simple and easy solution is to cut out meats. Many people don’t agree and that’s fine. However, I think after you take a look at this short film you will be in awe of the changes that occurred for those that chose to change their ways.

Sugar Coated

This is a GREAT documentary. This piece portrays PERFECTLY how the sugar industry had caused our world to just crash and burn in terms of our health and its lack of positive progress. The statistics provided in just the first 20 minutes of this documentary are truly baffling. I honestly can say, that I believe you will see how brain washed our world has become because of sugar and how we are all at its beck and call. Not to mention, it will open your eyes to seeing just how sneaky sugar can be. It is way better at hide and seek than you might think!

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

In this documentary, you will follow the journey of a man named Joe Cross. He is honestly just your average Joe. He looks like the average, middle aged man does today. Joe decides that enough is enough and goes on a journey to find health and happiness. On his way to this new life, Joe meets a lot of friends and spreads the word to them about how he achieved a new and improved self after finally hitting rock bottom. Joe’s story is probably one of the most relatable, documented health journeys ever recorded.

Fed Up

Unless you live under a rock, you know who Katie Couric is. This documentary was something she felt had to be done and done right away. Why? Because Katie (like all the other directors of these short films) felt that she needed to find a way to make a change and do her part in informing the world of what is really going on in when it comes to childhood obesity. In fact, did you know that the obesity rate in children has doubled in the last 30 years? What’s even worse than that? In the same 30 years, the obesity rate has QUADRUPLED for adolescents. Shocking, right? Maybe not. Once you watch this particular documentary, these statistics will make complete sense.


This particular documentary is a little different than the others you have just learned about. This one is all about a father who is on a quest to find out exactly what we are feeding our families. He spends countless hours calling, writing, and even trying to meet the heads of big corporations in the food industry. He wants to see if they would be willing to speak with him about what EXACTLY is in the products they make and distribute to us consumers. You may be shocked to see how secretive the food industry actually is.

**BONUS DOCUMENTRY: Earthlings  


I didn’t include this video in the list above because to be be honest, I couldn’t make it through the first 5 minutes. I had read about this video and how it is a necessity to watch if you want to really know what our world is like when it comes to the food we eat and how it is obtained. If you watch any of the documentaries that I listed above, you’ll have no problem realizing that some are hard to stomach. You can push through because you feel like you need to see what’s next to respect animals, good hearted human life, and the hard working, underappreciated American farmer. However, this particular documentary is known as “The Vegan Maker”. Just from the first 5 minutes that I saw, I can tell you I already fully grasp why this is the case. It’s a heart wrenching, dose of reality that we all need. If you really want to know what this world is like and what has to happen for you to get your meats and snacks made with something as simple as palm oil, give Earthlings a shot.


Additional documentaries I’ve watched on Netflix regarding food/health.

  • Cowspiracy
  • What the Health
  • Fat Sick & Nearly Dead #2
  • Super Size Me
  • In Defense of Food
  • Food Choices
  • Food Matters
  • Hungry for Change
  • Vegucated
  • Plant Pure Nation
  • Food Chains
  • Bite Size
  • A Place at the Table

Want even more? I personally haven’t gotten around to watching these yet; they’re on the list though. A lot aren’t available on Netflix, but can be found on YouTube!

  • King Corn
  • The Future of Food
  • That Sugar Film
  • The World According to Monsanto
  • Fat Head
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Spinning Plates
  • Food Fight
  • Simply Raw
  • Fresh
  • The Real Dirt on Farmer John
  • Just Eat It
  • In Organic We Trust
  • Food Beware
  • Ingredients
  • What’s on Your Plants
  • Food Stamped
  • The Garden
  • Plan Eat
  • Farmland

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I am NCCPT certified Personal Trainer Betsy Stevens and I train out of Golds Gym on Chapel Hill Road and Hospital Drive in Douglasville, Ga.