DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead


What it’s about: After a man vows to take control of his health (because he is fat, sick and nearly dead) he turns to an all-juice-diet. The documentary follows him through his 60-day juice fast as he spreads the positive effects of a liquid diet of fruits and vegetables throughout America.

Who’s in it: Joe Cross, an Australian man you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re obsessed with Breville juicers and love the way homemade carrot juice tastes.

When it came out: 2010 (although for some reason it seems a lot more dated than that)

How come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: As far as documentaries go, this one definitely flew under the radar. 2004’s Supersize Me was still the reigning king of food documentaries and people were still talking about the Oprah-approved Food, Inc. documentary of 2008, it was easy for people to ignore this one. It has, however, steadily gained interest since launching on Netflix in 2011.

Why you need to watch it:

  • Juicing is slowly making its way towards a big comeback and wouldn’t it feel great to obnoxiously say “I liked juicing before it was cool.”
  • As with nearly all food documentaries this one will make you want to start eating better and taking care of yourself… at least for a few days.
  • It’s always inspirational to see someone lose weight through sheer determination and the fact that Cross lost 100 pounds makes this story that much more jaw-dropping.
  • He’s Australian therefore his accent is cute.
  • You will undoubtedly find yourself googling how much juicers cost and imagining what a kale, apple and cucumber juice tastes like.
  • You will be able to Instagram your fancy homemade juices to convince all your friends you’re just such a healthy person that couldn’t go a day without a watermelon beet juice (or wait…maybe that one was just me).

KileyA student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.


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