Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
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|Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead|
|Directed by||Joe Cross|
|Written by||Joe Cross|
|Produced by||Stacey Offman|
|Edited by||Alison Amron|
|Music by||M. E. Manning|
|Distributed by||Gravitas Ventures|
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research.
The feature-length film follows Cross, who was depressed, weighted 310 lbs, suffered from a serious autoimmune disease, and was on steroids at the start of the film, as he embarks on a juice fast. Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board. Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross states in a press release that he lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications. During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting. A sequel to the first film, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, was released in 2014.
The film has received mixed reviews with review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 67% "fresh" and Metacritic having an average score of 45 out of 100, based on 5 reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it an "infomercial passing itself off a documentary". The New York Times stated that the film is "no great shakes as a movie, but as an ad for Mr. Cross's wellness program its now-healthy heart is in the right place". Journalist Avery Yale Kamila reviewed the film in 2011, reporting Cross planned to continue avoiding junk food and "eating a diet centered around whole food." She reported Cross had created an online community called Reboot Your Life.
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