Parents' Guide to

What the Health

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Scare tactics dominate docu about diet and health.

Movie NR 2017 97 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

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age 15+

Eye opening and well done!

Great documentary about the power of nutrition in taking care of your health. I have personally experienced health benefits from changing my diet and I also feel good that I have greatly reduced my carbon footprint. Definitely worth watching and if you are interested in learning more, try Code Blue and Eating Our Way to Extinction.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Documentarian Kip Andersen isn't pulling any punches in his quest to convince us that all meat and animal products cause disease. What the Health provides a long list of the evils associated with eating meat, for individuals as well as for the larger world, with images that are often grotesque (serving a child a plateful of cigarettes) or gory (draining pus, anyone?). Unfortunately, so many scare tactics loaded heavily into the front of the movie leave the viewer feeling more browbeaten than informed.

Which is unfortunate, because he raises a lot of good questions about the sources of our information about diet and health, and about the relationship between prominent health organizations and big food and pharma companies. The positive, beneficial side of adopting a vegan diet is always there, but it doesn't come to the forefront until the very end. And by then, a lot of the claims have an infomercial, too-good-to-be-true feel that raises skepticism. Best for non-squeamish teens and up who are ready to take a hard look at what they eat and why, and who are ready to learn how to evaluate claims for themselves.

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