Note by Antonella Balin,
University of Belgrano (Argentina)
A few weeks ago, Netflix premiered the documentary “What The Health”, a film directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, which analyzes the relationship between diet and disease, and the role played by the pharmaceutical and health industries.
The vision conveyed by the film is that most diseases are rooted in food and therefore could be prevented. According to the film, some of them, such as cancer, diabetes, allergies, cardiovascular diseases, among others, would have their origins in the foods we consume, such as processed meats, sugars, eggs and even fish.
The documentary also reveals that many of the institutions responsible for ensuring the health of citizens could be financed by food producing companies that, paradoxically, are linked to the appearance of these diseases. This is a cycle that is repeated in many parts of the world, due to the lack of information from citizens and due to a web of complicity that involves different actors at the same time.
The debate: what those who are for and against say
The film once again brings the issue of food to the forefront and the question of what are the healthiest products to eat. In this sense, it brings a different perspective and new arguments to the discussion.
But, the documentary was also quite questioned by specialists who questioned the information that is part of the structural argumentation of the film.
They also denounced the lack of studies to support the position; and the presence of certain hints of “complicity” implicit in the film, such as the fact that some of the doctors who appear to express their opinion are vegans.
Check it out and tell us what you think!
What other documentaries deal with food?
Documentary directed by Michal Siewierski where different diets around the world are investigated and evidenced, looking for both the healthiest options and those that would be responsible for climate change.
Cowspiracy: The secret of sustainability
Documentary directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, and starring Andersen himself, which analyzes how industrial agricultural production affects the planet’s natural resources.
Produced by television presenter Katie Couri, this documentary addresses the problem of obesity in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the consumption of sugar and a hidden epidemic under the complicity of some companies and the government is denounced.
Documentary directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner denouncing lobbying in the food industry.
Which one are you going to watch? Which one would you add?