Hungry For Change (2012)

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

Run time:  1h 29mins

Directors: James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch

Carlo Ledesma

Language:  English

IMDb rating: 7.5/10

One-Sentence Summary

Much of what we consume lacks the nutrients to be called genuine food and is in fact slowly killing us.

Brief Synopsis

Modern humans live in a society where vast swathes of food is balanced in favour of calories over high quality nutrients. In conjunction with a more sedentary life style, this has become a recipe for a health disaster. Hungry For Change, through interviews with experts, medical professionals and people with former diet related health problems, looks at the food we consume, the industry and marketing tricks surrounding it and our attitudes towards it. It discusses how programs that promise weight loss generally, in the long run, have a negative effect. According to research, 90-95% of people who diet, regain the weight or end up piling on more than they started with.

The Trailer

The Vegan Bit

Hungry For Change doesn’t mention the words ‘vegan’ or ‘veganism.’ In fact, at one point, it seems to actually promote the eating of ‘high quality meat’. “So why have you listed it on the website then, you idiot*?” It’s been included because in the main, the healthy eating advice it offers concerns plant-based  whole foods and thus, indirectly implies at the very least, cutting back on meat and dairy, certainly the processed/highly processed kinds. A greater move towards natural and away from synthetic foodstuffs would also mean less processed food in the diet overall, many of which of course can contain just small amounts of ingredients derived from animals. How many times has one had to put an item back on the shelf because the manufacturer decided to include a miniscule amount of milk powder?

The choice to become vegan and modify one’s eating habits takes mental discipline, particularly when considering the fact food companies include food additives, like Monosodium Glutamate, that create addiction. Alongside this, a positive change in attitude towards oneself will prove beneficial, something Hungry For Change highlights perhaps a little more than other documentaries. One truly has to be ‘Hungry For Change.’

*Please replace with your own moderately offensive insult.

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