Documentary: Hungry For Change Essay

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Hungry for Change is a thought provoking documentary produced by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch that delves into the implications of eating a modern diet. Using pathos, facts and figures, and association, Hungry for Change delivers a meritorious performance that engages viewers and leaves them questioning their own diet and lifestyle choices. The film’s use of rhetorical and advertising strategies and its ability to captivate viewers make this an effective, life changing documentary.
As obesity and medical problems due to diet become a larger issue within society, it is imperative to educate humans on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. This is exactly what Hungry for Change does. One of the key points made in the documentary is that humans no longer eat a natural diet like their ancestors did; when humans first began to inhabit the Earth they lived off a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats. During these periods famine and disease was rampant, so humans adapted to store nutrition more productively. Now that humans live in a more developed society, they have a (practically) unlimited supply of food. However, much of this food is processed and manipulated to have a better flavour and a longer shelf life, and though this sounds like a positive situation, it has become a huge problem. According to best-selling women’s health author Dr. Christine Northrup, “We’ve lived on Earth for a millennium where there was a food shortage. You’re programmed to put on fat whenever there is food available. Now there’s a lot of food available, but it’s the wrong kind.” (Northrup, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012). This is a logical and widely accepted theory as to why humans continue to overindulge on foods despite knowing the associated risks. Due to this overconsumption, obesity rates and health problems related to nutrition (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) are skyrocketing, which has led to the creation of a billion dollar deceptive diet industry.
As of 2012, “One third of all women and one quarter of all men in the US are on a diet.” (Colorado University, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012), according to Colorado University. However, according to the University of California, Los Angeles, “Up to two thirds of those on a diet regain more weight than when they started.” (University of California, Los Angeles, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012). This shows a low success rate in a growing industry and proves that diets don’t work, a key point in Hungry for Change. “Fit for Life” author, Harvey Diamond, states “Diets don’t work because they are temporary. What they are doing is taking one of the food categories you need to live like protein, fat, carbohydrates and one of those is eliminated and if you do that some weight will be lost temporarily.” (Diamond, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012). So, in order for a “diet” to be successful, it must be a permanent lifestyle transformation, not a temporary diet change. Also,...

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