From the makers of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy, the documentary What the Health explores the many public health threats posed by our meat- and dairy-heavy diets, asking one burning question: Why are no major health organisations talking about a leading cause of several lifestyle-related diseases?
The documentary caught the eye of actress and singer Monica Dogra, who discussed wanting to make healthier and more ethical choices. In a statement to the Times of India, Dogra said:
I've been vegetarian for a few years, but after a bunch of friends watched What the Health, we had some conversations about just wanting to be more ethical and clean in our bodies, and so we decided to go vegan together.
In addition to Dogra, celebrities and politicians around the globe are making the switch to a plant-based lifestyle. Indian union cabinet minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi, an outspoken animal activist and vegan, stated in an interview: “Every time you drink a glass of milk, remember it comes from a sad, suffering mother whose own child was killed before her eyes and who herself will be killed when she dries up.”
Animal agriculture causes unthinkable animal suffering, and eating animal products is detrimental to our health, which is the premise of the documentary. In fact, the World Health Organization reported that processed meats are just as hazardous to your health as cigarettes. Meat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.
In contrast, multiple studies have shown that a plant-based diet is beneficial to your health. For instance, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that people on a vegetarian diet for more than 17 years live an average of 3.6 years longer than those who consume animal products.