The Best Health Documentaries on Netflix to Kick-Start Your 2019 Resolutions

Updated 01/03/19
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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.

The Magic Pill

In The Magic Pill, doctors, scientists, and chefs weigh in on one of 2018's most popular food trends: the ketogenic diet. Can the low-carb, high-fat diet really combat dietary related health problems?

In Defense of Food

Based on the book by journalist Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food delves into the effects Western-influenced diets have had on the health of the world.


Producer Leonardo DiCaprio's must-watch documentary Cowspiracy explores the viable solutions for increasing the sustainability of our food sources. It's shocking, humorous, and eye-opening.


Rotten, a six-part documentary series, uncovers the corruption, fraud, and waste behind the food industry. It's a must-watch, even if it is hard to watch.

What the Health

One of the 2017'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.

Food, Inc

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 Food, Inc.

Forks Over Knives

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.

Ask the Doctor

This informative documentary hosted by three friendly doctors investigates health myths and puts new treatments to the test. Ask the Doctor is essentially a more reliable version of WebMD come to life.

This story was originally published on December 30, 2017, and has since been updated.

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