Dec 31, 2017

The Best Health Documentaries on Netflix to Kick-Start Your 2018 Resolutions

by Megan Beauchamp

Original Graphic by Viviana Duron

It seems counterintuitive: Sit down and stream these health documentaries to kick-start your wellness resolutions—but hear us out. While binge-watching Netflix might not be the healthiest thing to do, these must-watch films offer some much-needed motivation for the New Year, including everything from making better food choices to achieving your weight-loss goals and committing to exercising regularly.

Trust us when we say that you're going to want to add these insightful documentaries to your watch list even if you're not fond of making New Year's resolutions. From an eye-opening look at the sugar industry to a compelling view of how our food choices affect the planet, these documentaries aren't your typical Netflix-and-chill flicks. So, in this case, we're advocating that you settle in on your couch and stream these movies for the sake of your health.

Ahead we've collected the best health documentaries on Netflix—they'll change the way you think about food.

In Fed Up, award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric investigate the underlying causes of childhood obesity in America.

This documentary poses a startling question: Is sugar the new tobacco? With diabetes, obesity, and heart disease on the rise, should sugar be viewed as an underlying cause?

Michal Siewierski's must-watch documentary explores the impact our food choices have on ourselves, our planet, and the other species we inhabit it with.

A dozen strangers who united their desire to lose a serious amount of weight commit to running a 200-mile relay race together. This motivational documentary will inspire you to finally take that first step toward your own fitness goals.

One of the year's most talked-about documentaries, What the Health delves into the topic of how to prevent chronic diseases by avoiding meat and processed foods, which is something the top health organizations don't want you to know about.

This academy award–nominated documentary lifts the veil on America's corporate-controlled food industry. You'll think twice about anything you eat that's grown, produced, or manufactured in the U.S after watching this film.

In Forks Over Knives, researchers make the compelling argument that a plant-based diet can help control or, in some cases, even reverse many of the degenerative diseases on the rise today.

This shocking documentary reveals the tactics the weight-loss industry actually uses to prevent people from losing weight in the hopes of garnering a community of repeat customers.