What the Health (2017)

7.5
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release year: 2017 (2017-03-07)
  • Running time: 97 min
  • Original Title: What the Health
  • Voted: 24160
What the Health is a movie starring Kip Andersen, Larry Baldwin, and Neal Barnard. An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time and the collusion between industry,...
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  • Couldn't get through it... 4/6/2019 12:00:00 AM by hiero66 1

    I love documentaries and have watched some bad ones in my day. However, there was so much misinformation in this one that was just repeated over and over I just couldn't waste my time on it. Couple that with some pretty amateur techniques, such as calling a secretary from a company to question them on official policies and being shocked when they don't have answers for you. In addition, trying to make it seem like there is some kind of conspiracy going on. I don't mind vegans in general I guess, but when I see stuff like this it makes me wonder if veganism is more than a health movement.

  • Terribly inaccurate 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM by Eurekasevenman 1

    As a medical student, the biochemistry and physiology regarding the human body are simply incorrect. As well, the entire film is biased against meat and diary because of an extreme influence from vegans. Instead of being centred around the topic of 'health,' it's instead pushing the pro-vegan/pro-vegetarian agenda. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years, and a vegan off-and-on within that, and regardless of that I believe it's my duty as a healthcare professional to inform anyone who watches the film that the studies and and doctors cited were selected in order to produce a confirmation bias. If anyone has a basic understanding of diabetes (ie. sugar), they'd be able to find errors within the first ten minutes.

    If you're going to watch this documentary, watch it with a skeptical mind.

  • Unwatchable 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM by JLuBear 1

    I will preface this review by stating 2 things: 1. I am a researcher by profession. I regularly review health studies for a living and analyze the strength of evidence and how to share results with the public. 2. I only had the patience to watch the first 30 minutes of this documentary.

    Where to start about this movie? From watching the first 30 minutes of this documentary, it is easy to tell what Kip Andersen's objective is for this film: to uncover the "conspiracy" that corporations are "covering up" evidence that animal products are linked with common diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Here is the predicable format: tell personal story, talk to a couple experts, show animation of "stuff in body", flash a peer reviewed study on screen showing evidence, call an 800 number for national organization demanding to know why their organization is advocating something that goes against the conclusion of this single study, and act very angry and justified in your belief of the "cover up" because person on the phone cannot answer your question.

    This documentary has all the hallmarks of bad communication on scientific studies. First, one study reaching a conclusion is not "proof" of anything. You need to have multiple studies that show the same type of result. Second, association is not causation. That would be like observing that children who are tutored average worse grades than children who were not tutored and concluding that tutoring causes lower grades. There are other factors that you need to account for. They might be hard to measure, but they might be the real cause that two things are associated. Third, "increased risk" measures can be misleading on the surface. For example, a study could say that drinking milk was associated a 50% increase in the risk of developing cancer. This sounds frightening! But read further and you could find that 1% of one group had cancer and 1.5% of the other group had cancer. Does that really sound so scary after all?

    At any rate, I don't think that everything that the film presented is false. I do think there are harms associated with the consumption of animal products, particularly processed meats. However, the way this film presents the evidence does not make a sound argument and the approach to presenting the material was so predictable and repetitive!

  • Skip it, it is totally inaccurate 3/24/2019 12:00:00 AM by achreflabiditn 1

    From the first minutes you can tell this documentary is just non accurate at all, saying that sugar does not cause diabetes? Seriously? We all know that pancreas generates insulin in order to lower sugar in blood, and when you eat lots of sugar your cells become insulin resistant, your pancreas needs then to higher insulin doses until it stops working correctly, and then you are DIABETIC! They were talking about diabetes and showing blocked arteries. Seriously skip this documentary it is all lies, and no interview is accorded to a non-vegan professional.

  • totally biased and not backed by sound science 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM by wholehealthemily 1

    As a fellow conscious consumer who finds our current food system to be inhumane, unhealthy, and terrible for the environment, I found this film completely lacking any legitimacy. The film makers do a great job at sticking to interviews from pretty much ONLY vegans, making outlandish claims against meat and animal products that have no sound science behind them, and taking advantage of people's emotions in order to sway them a certain way (in this case towards veganism).

    As a proponent of informed and healthy decisions, I find this film to be an abomination of the progress we've done in scientific community to bust common myths and provide consumers with up-to-date UNBIASED research. The hard stance against meat instead of the hugest proponent of the obesity and diabetes epidemic (SUGAR) is appalling.

    I'm all about art pieces and sharing one's opinions, but to propel your own dogmatic views about animals and food as fact when it is clearly not backed with sound science is disgusting. There are millions suffering with diseases that have correlated specifically to the increase in sugar and processed food consumption.

    Next time you make a film that has such outdated, biased, and unsound research behind it, don't promote it as a 'health' film. You're potentially killing people.

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