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5 Decades and the Top 5 Nutrition Movies of 2020


Last year may not have gone down as one of the biggest years in nutrition history, but at least we got recognized this year with the COVID19 pandemic.

#1- The 80's


It all started with the 80's exercise was on the rise, and people were brave enough to put glitter in their hair! This followed the documented study of Ancel Keys that started the low fat diet trend. Keys did the Seven Countries study and convinced everyone that fat was worse than sugar, and that it was the cause for heart disease. This led to a nationwide epidemic and mass production of fat free products. In time, other nutrition studies followed and people began finding out that higher fat wasn't so bad after all, but saturated fat was really the culprit.


Year - 80's

Trend - Low Fat Dieting

#2- The 90's


In the 90's food pyramids and food defining began to take charge. Despite all the exercise and low fat dieting from the 80's obesity statistics were still rising. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already started to added sodium, carbohydrate, protein, and fat facts to food labels in the late 60's and early 70's, but now they needed more laws to regulate food consumption. One in particular way of doing that was to prevent nutrition claims from being on food labels without being approved first. In efforts to make this law firm, the government initiated rule-making for nutrition labels. These rules were set in place to help educate consumers of the content of the food they were eating. Thus, enabling them to make better food choices.


Year - 90's

Trend - Approved Claims on Food Labels


#3- The 2000's


When the 2000's hit, obesity was still rising. Governments were unsure, of what the exact cause was (e.g. laziness, food, lack of exercise) and the world still needed something to blame for the increase in statistics. Diets began to rise. Although diets go way back in history, everyone started dieting because it was trend. new diets began to unfold and people have antidotal studies proving that some even worked. Once research studies began to unfold proving some of these diets were necessary, the battle against the sugar industry boldly came out of the closet. Writers and nutritionists became more confident in publishing tier books and findings, but the sugar industry hit back twice as hard with studies that out ranked them.


Year - 2000's

Trend - Diets and Sugar Critics

#4- The 2010's


During the 2010's people started seeing the construction of healthy food stores. As many of them became sponsored, more and more appeared on every corner. However, obesity was still rising. Statistics from the 2015-2016 NCHS Data Brief, showed that prevalence of obesity among adults and youth had risen another 20% in America alone. The blame for this pandemic quickly passed to fast food restaurants. As healthy restaurants began to multiply, fast food restaurants quickly adapted to this change by implementing new healthy dishes to their menus. Nutritionists were now able to add new resources such as healthy restaurants to eat at, to their nutritional education resource lists.


Year - 2010's

Trend - Healthy Food Stores and Restaurants


#5- The 2020's


Now in 2020 nutritionists are left with scientific research. Thankfully due to the COVID19 pandemic, this part of the health industry is rising as a new emerging class of health practitioners. Ironically, people ignored and slandered the nutrition industry for many decades, stating the practice was a myth, and continued to eat poorly while suffering the consequences. Now in 2020, people are fighting to connect with these practitioners, hoping to learn new ways to manage their conditions.


Year - 2020's

Trend - Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, Integrative Approaches, and Nutrition


A Need for Nutrition Education


Now that nutritionist are needed more than ever they are faced with the dilemma of trying to teach people a wealth of information in a limited amount of time. This of course would not be the case if people simply paid attention to their findings over the 5 decades. With so much information to share and a so little time, nutritionists must adapt tot the growing field of technology. This reason to keep people interested and feeling comfortable with the material they are learning. Unfortunately, education tactics aren't what they used to be and people demand video, movie, and social media content.


Even though the demand for social media is high, the best form of technology to teach people with is simply, videos and movies! You're probably asking yourself, 'But, aren't these movies outdated?" The answer to that my friends is yes! However, just because nutrition educational movies have been out for quite sometime and many people ignored them, doesn't mean this information is changing. Even with all the decades passing, the message is still the same. Eat well..


Let's look at my top 5 nutrition movies of 2020!


#5- Poisoned Fields

In this movies, Farmers go into great detail on how their livestock is effected by feeding their animals feed that loaded with glyphosate. They reveal mortality, genetic mutations, and other related consequences. It makes perfect sense, as this same chemical is on the very food that Americans eat most, which is grains. This movie - by far- opened my eyes to the wheat industry and how so many diseases and conditions brought on by eating specific grains and wheat-based products.


#4- Secret Ingredients

Surprisingly, in this movie there are doctors willing to speak the truth about certain foods can lead to disease. The woman in this movie goes on to share her story of how changing her diet changed her life! This movie reveals the hidden ingredients contributing to our poor health outcomes along with diseases and disorders are affecting millions of people worldwide.


#3- Frankensteer

Frankensteer is a Passionate Eye film that explores the controversies of how most of Americas farms are involved in mass production of poor meat products. Livestock is now being drugged with artificial hormones to produce larger quantities for markets. This movie explores how our animals are treated during slaughter, what given to them before mass production, what they feed our animals versus what our animals are naturally meant to eat, and how other countries dispute our ways here in America.


#2- That Sugar Film

That Sugar Film, won my heart when the beginning of the movie started to describe a battle between two researchers. Finding out about how 80% of products on shelves have sugar in them was aa big eye opener! Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on this earth and some say it is 3 times more addictive than cocaine itself. More importantly, fructose and sugar may have a role to play in how our bodies respond to weight gain and the storage of fat.


#1- Forks Over Knives

Saving the best for last, Forks Over Knives is my favorite movie. This movie goes into depth on why eating a plant-based diet is so important. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke are the country's three leading causes of death. Even though billions of dollars are spent each year to battle these very conditions, these conditions continue to worsen. This movie goes on to explain why millions of people are suffering from degenerative diseases, are taking more and more pharmaceuticals every day, but are unable to get better.

References:

  1. Aboul-Enein, B. H., Puddy, W. C., & Bernstein, J. (2020). Ancel Benjamin Keys (1904-2004): His early works and the legacy of the modern Mediterranean diet. Journal of medical biography, 28(3), 139–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/0967772017727696

  2. Canell, M., & Remerowski, T. (2014). Frankensteer [Movie; Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/VxSScSENb1c

  3. Fulkerson, L., & Corry, J. (2011). Forks Over Knives [Trailer; Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/embed/n1LUj3kxB9M

  4. Gameau, D. (2014). That Sugar Film [Trailer; Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/6uaWekLrilY

  5. Hales, C. M., Carroll, M. D., Fryar, C. D., & Ogden, C. L. (2017). Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015–2016.NCHS Data Brief, 288. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db288.pdf

  6. Hart, A. S., & Smith, J. M. (2019). Secret Ingredients [Trailer; Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/paMVUEH4Avk.

  7. Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols; Wartella EA, Lichtenstein AH, Boon CS, editors. Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Phase I Report. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2010. 2, History of Nutrition Labeling. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209859/

  8. Poisoned Fields: Glyphosate the underrated risk? [Movie; Video File]. (2016). wocomoDOCS. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/XDyI10Z8aH0

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