Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 documentary film that follows the 60-day journeys of two men who attempt to regain their health through juicing and adopting a plant-based diet. The film has garnered a cult following for its inspiring story of overcoming poor health through dietary changes.
About Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead was directed by Australian Joe Cross and released in 2010. Cross also stars in the film, documenting his own 60-day juice fast and road trip across America. Along the way, he inspires truck driver Phil Staples to try juicing to overcome his own health issues.
Cross began his juice fast weighing 310 pounds and suffering from an autoimmune disease. His goal was to regain his health through a radical diet change. He consumed only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days while driving across the United States. He encouraged other overweight people he met to try juicing.
Staples weighs 420 pounds when he meets Cross at a truck stop. Inspired by Cross’ juice fast, Staples tries it himself. He loses 70 pounds during the 60 days and resolves to continue juicing and make better diet choices. The film showcases both men’s amazing transformations.
Where to Stream and Rent Online
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is available for streaming online and to rent digitally from several services:
|Amazon Prime Video
|Free with subscription
|$3.99 to rent
|$3.99 to rent
|$3.99 to rent
The film can be streamed for free by Amazon Prime members. For non-members, it can be rented digitally for $3.99 from Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and other services.
Where to Stream with a Subscription
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is also available to stream on demand with a subscription to several streaming services:
- Amazon Prime Video: Included with Prime membership
- Philo: Available on-demand with any subscription package
- fuboTV: Available with “Lifestyle Plus with Showtime” add-on package
- Pantaflix: Included with subscription
Of these services, only Amazon Prime includes the film as part of a standard Prime subscription. The other services require specific channel packages or add-ons to access Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.
DVD and Blu-Ray
In addition to streaming and digital rental options, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is available in physical formats on DVD and Blu-ray. You can purchase new and pre-owned copies from online retailers including:
- Best Buy
New DVD copies typically cost between $10-15. Blu-ray copies are harder to find for under $20. Pre-owned copies in good condition can cost as little as $5 on eBay.
Is it on Netflix or Hulu?
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is not currently included with a Netflix or Hulu streaming subscription. However, it has been available on these services in the past, so it may return in the future. The best way to stream it right now is through Amazon Prime or by renting it digitally.
Can I Watch in Theaters?
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead initially premiered in theaters in 2010. A decade later, it is unlikely to be screening again in theaters. However, some art house cinemas that focus on documentaries and indie films may program special screenings.
It’s worth checking the websites for local independent theaters to see if they have any showings scheduled. For example, the Film Forum in New York City has screened Fat Sick and Nearly Dead in the past along with Q&A discussions with the filmmakers.
Should You Watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead?
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead garnered critical acclaim upon its release for bringing the topic of health through nutrition and juicing into the mainstream conversation. It maintains a 92% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
For viewers looking to be inspired about improving their diet and lifestyle, the film presents an uplifting story. Cross and Staples experience amazing transformations by committing to juicing and eliminating processed foods.
Some health professionals caution that long-term juice fasts like those undertaken in the film should be supervised by a doctor. However, the film succeeds in getting viewers to re-examine their own diets and consider introducing more fruits, vegetables, and juicing.
Educational and Community Outreach
Beyond the film itself, the makers of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead have continued spreading their message through online communities and educational initiatives.
There is a website at fatsickandnearlydead.com with recipes, juice cleanse programs, and blog posts about healthy lifestyles.
The Reboot program founded by Joe Cross provides support and accountability for people new to juicing and plant-based diets. Reboot participants commit to drinking only freshly made vegetable and fruit juice for 3, 5, 10, 15, or more days.
Cross also founded the non-profit Nutrition Facts organization. Its mission is to provide resources and tools to help schools and other community organizations offer healthier food. This outreach helps extend the impact of the film’s message.
A decade after its premiere, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead remains a powerful documentary that will motivate viewers to improve their health. While stringent juice fasts should be approached with caution, introducing more plants into your diet caninspire positive change.
The film is readily available to stream through Amazon Prime or digitally rent from under $4. Purchasing a DVD or Blu-ray copy also makes it easy to watch and share this inspiring story. And the website and outreach efforts provide ongoing support to eat better every day.