Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Movie Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead' is a film directed and starring Joe Cross. It tells the story of his weight loss and health journey as he strives to create a better life for himself. It discusses a variety of health and wellness issues.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

In 2005, after receiving news from his doctor that his current health and habits would lead to an early death, Joe Cross decided to make a dramatic lifestyle change. He embarked on a 60-day juice fast and traveled across America to talk to people about health, eating habits and the way the food industry works in the country. Cross shares what he learned and how it changed his life in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which was released in 2010.

The discussion questions below include plot questions and application questions. The plot questions check to ensure students have an understanding of the key events of the film, while the application questions require students to think critically about the deeper meanings of the film.

Plot Questions

  • Based on what you see and what he says, describe Joe Cross at the beginning of the film.
  • What do we learn about Joe Cross' medical conditions? What is the doctor's prognosis?
  • What does Joe Cross decide to do to change his life?
  • What happened during the first 30 days of the fast, when Joe was with the doctor in New York?
  • What is the purpose of Cross' journey across America? What does he learn?
  • What happens by the end of the film? How would you describe the ''new'' Joe Cross?

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