The documentary under the title ‘What the Health’ was first released in 2017 and has gained much attention from the viewers. In the movie, the author delivers a very strong message concerning health issues and their direct relation to the ways people consume food and what type of meals they choose. The documentary has a direct relation to health and illnesses because it investigates the impact of diet on the development of the most dangerous and, unfortunately, most prevalent diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and others.
The striking revelation that the consumption of processed meat is as dangerous as smoking due to the high level of carcinogens in it made me rethink my diet choices (Tidus Coop., 2019). Since my childhood, I was taught to eat meat, eggs, poultry, and dairy as a part of my essential daily meals. However, the movie cites multiple studies, the WHO’s statement that meat causes cancer, and the statements of numerous doctors who all highlight the damaging role of fats and cholesterol in provoking cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Thus, upon watching the documentary, I strongly believe that meat and other animal products containing a high level of cholesterol, when consumed regularly, cause illness and obesity.
In my opinion, the most important factor in ensuring good health outcomes for people is illness prevention and health promotion. It can be carried out by means of promoting a healthy diet, educating the population about the threats and benefits of particular foods, and enacting national policies to reduce fast food as one of the main sources of carcinogens. The listed measures are the ones that will help the US improve the health outcomes of the average population, which will ultimately lessen the morbidity and mortality, and reduce medication prescriptions and health care spending.
Tidus Coop. (2019). What the health – Documentary/Documental – Eng + sub Esp [Video]. YouTube. Web.