What the Health

Synopsis: What the Health is a ground breaking feature length documentary from the award-winning filmmakers of Cowspiracy, that follows the exciting journey of intrepid filmmaker, Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health and greater community, and explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research showing deleterious effects of these products on our health.
Genre: Documentary
Production: A.U.M. Films & Media
  2 nominations.
97 min


Worldwide, we're looking at approximately

315 million people with diabetes.

There's no question that we're in

the midst of a diabetes epidemic.

Right now, one in three

Medicare dollars

is spent in the care

of people with diabetes.

One in ten total health care dollars

is spent on people with diabetes.

There's no question that

this is a major problem.

[Kip] What in particular is the

correlation for diet and diabetes?

I'm not gonna get into that.

- Into diet?

- No.

[Latin music playing]

My name's Kip.

I'm a filmmaker from San Francisco,

and I have a confession to make.

I'm a recovering hypochondriac.

Like so many of us, I have a

family history of diabetes,

heart disease and cancer.

My dad had his first heart bypass

at 49, his second at age 50.

My grandpa died young from

diabetes complications,

and both my other grandpa

and grandma died of cancer.

I was always paranoid that I would

also get one of these diseases.

Like any good hypochondriac, WebMD's

symptoms checker was essentially

my browser's home page.

Even in my teens I took Metamucil

every day and a daily aspirin.

I read all the latest

self-diagnosis books,

I ate every multivitamin

I could get my hands on,

and I was obsessed with

bodily functions.

I followed all the large

health organizations'

recommendations for

preventing disease.

I exercise regularly, don't smoke,

don't drink soda, get enough sleep,

reduce stress and grew up eating what

I thought was a healthy diet until...

[tires screeching] The World

Health Organization this morning

has classified processed meat such as

bacon and sausage as carcinogenic,

directly involved in

causing cancer in humans.

[male anchor] Processed meat is clearly

linked to an increase in cancer.

Hotdogs or, bacon could be just as

dangerous as smoking cigarettes.

[Kip] The World Health

Organization had looked at over

800 studies from

ten different countries,

finding a direct link to consuming

processed meat and cancer.

Just one serving

of deli meats daily

increases your risks of

colorectal cancer by 18%.

I had no idea that what we

ate affected cancer rates.

But I never felt like I had eaten a lot

of processed meats until I realized that

processed meat includes

hotdogs, bacon, sausage,

salami, ham, pepperoni,

cold cuts and deli slices,

basically everything

I grew up eating.

The World Health Organization

classifies processed meat

as a Group One carcinogen,

the same group as cigarettes,

asbestos and plutonium,

and classifies red meat

as a Group Two carcinogen.

Was this like I had essentially

been smoking my entire childhood?

If processed meats are labeled

the same as cigarettes,

how is it even legal for

kids to be eating this way?

I thought this

was new information,

but, many of these studies

have been around for 50 years.

I couldn't believe I'd

been eating processed meats

virtually my entire life and was just

now finding out how dangerous they are.

Why hadn't I been hearing about it

from the American Cancer Society,

the largest cancer group

in the nation?

When I went on their website,

I was shocked to see that

none of this information was

featured on their home page.

But, even more shocking,

on their Eat Healthy page,

they actually encouraged eating

Group One carcinogenic foods

like processed turkey

and canned meats.

This is after the World

Health Organization

reviewed over 800 studies definitively

linking processed meat to cancer.

[man] Thanks for calling your American

Cancer Society. My name is Sam,

I'm a cancer information specialist.

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