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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Runtime: 1h 37m | Release date: 2011

This film features: Joe Cross.

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310 lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball with a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long term, Joe turns to the only option left - the body's ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles, Joe has one goal in mind: to get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it's at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese, weighing in at 429 lbs, and is a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.

What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them are they, themselves.

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GEORGIA FLYNN | 2 months, 1 week ago
This was truly an inspirational documentary! My personal problem is not obesity but rather anorexia or something close to it. I have lost all my muscles, continually exhausted, brain fog, and skin problems as in moles and skin tags that cause me a lot of grief, I have lumps under my arms which seem to be getting bigger. I am skinny except for my bloated gut. Last time I measured it was 41 inches and I weighed around 140 lbs. I am 5"3" and feel totally uncomfortable with my body, and mentally depressed to the point that I have pretty much withdrawn from society, and can't stand to look in the mirror. When I was 40 years of age ( I am now 73) I went through some very strenuous evaluations and was found to be exceedingly fit and healthy (played racquetball everyday and ate anything I wanted). At that time I was the same weight as when I was after the birth of my three children (118lbs) and felt I could do anything I wanted to do. I was going through a divorce and after two years I started my decline into depression and my metabolism slowly went away. Now when I do eat, I have to rest due to the bloating and just not feeling motivated to do anything. What do you recommend for me to get my body back to racquetball-fit? Where do I start? Is a juicing fast what I need? Help with meals that will restore my metabolism and musculature so I can go back to work? I will have to work for the rest of my life, no doubt, and a few years ago I was planning on living to 125 years of age! I want my drive back so I can go out and tell others how to get off their meds and start living again. By the way, I do NOT take pharmaceutical drugs or any other types of drugs but I am due to go in for my wellness exam and all the doctors seem to be glorified pharmacists, but at least I can get some blood work done. I haven't done so far this year because I am in a total state of denial!! Help!! I know my lifestyle is due for some major overhauls. I am ready to do the work. With the help of FMTV I feel confident that I can do this.
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Jennifer Meyer | 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Great documentary. I went out and got myself a juicer today!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 2 months, 3 weeks ago
That's wonderful Jennifer, happy juicing! ~ Ivory :)
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Brenda Voutour | 6 months ago
wow just wow..... what an amazing documentary.... thank you so much
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 6 months ago
You're very much welcome, Brenda! So pleased to hear you loved the film! ♥ ~ Iris
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Brenda Voutour | 6 months ago
WOw
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Wendy Meyer | 6 months, 1 week ago
What a wonderful transformation to see. Loosing the weight and getting off all those medications is such an inspiration to us all. You could really see how much happier and healthier those men really became. And what a blessing for both to help someone you don't even know.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 6 months ago
Totally agree with you, Wendy! Very inspiring film indeed! Thank you for watching and hope this film would bring you and your family to a new level of health :) All the best! ~ Iris
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Michelle Cain | 7 months, 2 weeks ago
I got so inspired, I went & made me a juice!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 7 months, 2 weeks ago
That's great Michelle, an added goodness to your healthy diet ~ Ivory :)
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