Hungry for Change 2012 NR CC

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HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve.

Mike Adams, Nick Bolton
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch, Carlo Ledesma
Starring Mike Adams, Nick Bolton
Supporting actors James Caitlin, Kris Carr, James Colquhoun, Joe Cross, Harvey Diamond, Frank Ferrante, Jon Gabriel, Joe Gaudet, Alejandro Junger, Joseph Mercola, Carla Nirella, Christiane Northrup, Jamie Oliver, Evita Ramparte, Linnea Sage, Jason Vale, Kyle Valle, Daniel Vitalis
Studio Permacology Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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131 of 146 people found the following review helpful By J. Ford on March 24, 2013
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I'm conflicted about this a bit. The first half of this documentary seemed fairly solid, but the latter half went off the rails a bit for me. This documentary somehow featured a subplot about some woman who felt chubby (but didn't appear so, to me) and insecure, until she started juicing vegetables. The weirdest point was easily when this woman fired up her iPad to watch the documentary I was already watching. I giggled a little bit, thinking she was going to be pretty pissed when she got to the part where they'd been filming her without her knowledge.

I thought it was interesting that the documentary mentioned the addictive properties of modern, processed food. More focus on that probably could have made this an awesome documentary, but much of this was glossed over. Only later in the film do we find out that the people we've been hearing from aren't experts per se, but have a definite stake in getting people to buy their particular books or buy their particular juicer. OF COURSE the juicer guy thinks everyone should start pulping local flora and drinking it. OF COURSE the self-help author thinks people should self-help themselves to one or two of her books.

I did laugh when the "scary list of bad chemicals" ran past the screen as they were going on about natural, natural, natural. I recognized two of the scary chemicals as extract from orange peels (limonene and linalool).

I guess I was looking for something a bit more hard-nosed about exactly what bad food does that is so bad, and why. This isn't that documentary. But it has some worthwhile parts, at first. Watch the first half, and then go about your day.
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Format: DVD
The new documentary "Hungry For Change" covers a familiar topic, but repackages the information in a nice user-friendly way. In all honesty, I have now seen about a dozen different films that challenge the status quo and seek to enlighten the masses about the destructive nature of careless eating. But despite what seems like a patently obvious message, we (as consumers) still choose to look the other way. As a society, we have branded convenience as more important than health and big business has taken advantage of this decision in some pretty nefarious ways. But like many, while I realize my faults, I still perpetuate the problem in my own lifestyle. In truth, "Hungry for Change" really doesn't present anything I haven't seen before--but I guess a caustic reminder is appropriate every once in a while! And if you have never given your food choices much thought, I'd definitely say this is worth a look.

There are a lot of topics covered in this brief ninety minute presentation. For me, the film starts on incredibly strong ground as it deals directly with concerns of diet and nutrition. The section on dieting is both amusing and disturbing, and the criticisms presented about food manufacturers, distributors, and regulators hit the target mercilessly. Just the facts about so-called fat-free products should be shown to every household in the world that thinks it's making smarter choices! Sugar, of course, takes an expected (and warranted) beating by the experts. We even see Jamie Oliver (flavored milk's biggest opponent) at the 2010 TED conference. But if you follow this educational movement, you'll recognize many of this movie's participants (it is by the makers of Food Matters).
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Foster on June 29, 2012
Format: DVD
This film is amazing. I have watched a lot of food and health related documentaries, so I was skeptical at paying a high price for another one. After watching the trailer though I was hooked and had to get it! After watching it, I'm glad I did. This film was very well produced and has such a wealth of knowledge, that even for people who have seen or read a ton on nutrition and food there is still more information for you here, and it's presented in such a welcoming way that I think it is especially great for the people who are just beginning to want to change their health for the better. I am telling all my friends and family about this film, you should definitely check it out!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Phillip M. Dampier on January 1, 2015
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Some day someone will produce a scientifically-based documentary about the relationship the western world has with the multi-billion dollar food industry and how it has helped to contribute to the obesity epidemic.

This isn't it.

It all started out reasonably enough. We eat too much of the wrong foods, spurred on by a corporate empire marketing machine that has used science to maximize profits and keep us coming back for more.

I'd kill for a balanced documentary that sticks to actual science to help those addicted to carbs and processed foods put them back on the shelf and enthusiastically reach for something better. One that also realizes the modern American lifestyle requires convenient, accessible, and practical solutions that a time-pressed family can actually adopt. Buying 20lbs of organic vegetables a week from a rural organic co-op to turn into algae-colored slop isn't going to work for the vast majority of us, no matter how good it might sound to some.

As other reviewers have noted, the first 20-30 minutes of Hungry for Change seemed to be lining up a strong case for action to outwit the processed food and drink industry. Not because they are inherently evil or out to kill their customers, but because the choices we make as part of a BALANCED diet too often lean towards convenience foods that are probably fine in moderation, but not in excess.

But as usual with these kinds of documentaries, the woo-woo pseudo science starts falling out all over the place the more you let these people talk. The reasonable becomes unreasonable, the rational becomes increasingly absurd. Things started to fall apart when the unproven claims about aspartame and high fructose corn syrup turned up.
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