What the Health
Movie poster with the text, "The Health Film That Health Organizations Don't Want You To See. What the Health: from the creators of the award winning film 'Cowspiracy' www.WhatTheHealthFilm.com"
Film poster
Directed by
Written by
  • Kip Andersen
  • Keegan Kuhn
Produced by
  • Kip Andersen
  • Keegan Kuhn
CinematographyKeegan Kuhn
Edited by
  • Kip Andersen
  • Keegan Kuhn
  • Ali Tabrizi (assistant)
Music by
  • Kip Andersen
  • Keegan Kuhn
  • Fernando Arce
Distributed byA.U.M. Films & Media
Release date
  • March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07) (New York)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

What the Health is a 2017 documentary film which critiques the health impact of meat, fish, eggs and dairy products consumption, and questions the practices of leading health and pharmaceutical organizations. The film also advocates for a plant-based diet.

The documentary has been criticized by a number of medical doctors,[1][2] dietitians,[3][4][5] and investigative journalists[6][7] for what they describe as confusing causation with correlation, cherry picking science studies, biased sources, distortion of study findings, and using "weak-to-non-existent data".


Advertised as "The Health Film That Health Organizations Don't Want You To See", the film follows Kip Andersen as he interviews physicians and other individuals on diet and health topics. Andersen is also shown attempting to contact representatives of various health organizations, but comes away dissatisfied with their responses. Through other interviews he examines the alleged connection between the meat, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as various health organizations. The synopsis is that serious health problems are a consequence of consuming meat and dairy products, and that a conspiracy exists to cover this up.[8][9]


What the Health was written, produced, and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the same production team behind the documentary Cowspiracy.[10] It was executive-produced by Joaquin Phoenix, a long-time vegan.

What the Health was funded via an Indiegogo campaign in March 2016,[11] raising more than $235,000.[12] The film was released globally on Vimeo on March 16, 2017,[13] and screenings licensed through Tugg Inc.[14]

Featured individuals

The following doctors were featured in the film:[15]

A number of non-physicians were also interviewed:


The documentary has drawn criticism from many, including medical doctors and scientific skeptics, who contend that it misrepresents facts:



A companion book of the same name was released in February 2017, authored by Eunice Wong.[22]

See also


  1. ^ Zubin Damania MD (4 July 2017). "A Doctor Watches "What The Health"". ZDoggMD. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Hall MD, Harriet (11 July 2017). "What the Health: A Movie with an Agenda". Science-Based Medicine. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Virginia Messina, MPH RD (27 July 2017). "A Vegan Dietitian Reviews "What the Health"". Vegan.com. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Penner RD. Jessica (11 July 2017). "what the health review – the good, the bad, and the ugly". Smart Nutrition. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Susie Burrell (July 21, 2017). "Nutritionist Susie Burrell reviews Netflix's new documentary What The Health". news.com.au.
  6. ^ Julia Belluz (July 25, 2017). "Debunking What the Health, the buzzy new documentary that wants you to be vegan: The film on Netflix mischaracterizes what we know about food and disease". Vox.
  7. ^ "'What the Health' Review: Health Claims Backed by No Solid Evidence - Diet Doctor". 18 July 2017.
  8. ^ Charles Mandel (February 8, 2016). "DiCaprio-backed Cowspiracy directors find new conspiracy to milk".
  9. ^ Michael D'Estries (February 11, 2016). "The guys behind 'Cowspiracy' are back to tackle personal health". Mother Nature Network. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Jackie Day (January 23, 2016). "Cowspiracy Film Makers Announce NEW film: What the Health!". My Vegan Journal.
  11. ^ "What the Health". Indiegogo. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Anna Starostinetskaya (April 15, 2016). "Vegan Filmmakers Raise Money to Qualify for Oscars". VegNews. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Watch What the Health Online". Vimeo On Demand. 11 February 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "What the Health". Tugg.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  15. ^ "About the film". www.whatthehealthfilm.com. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d e Damania, Zubin. "A Doctor Watches "What The Health"". Youtube.com. Retrieved 9 July 2017.; note that expletives were censored with beeps in Damania's review.
  17. ^ Kahn, Joel (2017-07-06). "Why ZDoggMD and His Toilet Humor Are Best Flushed and Forgotten". Medium. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  18. ^ "Aflevering 139". RTL Late Night (in Dutch). RTL 4. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  19. ^ Berry, Sarah (20 July 2017). "What the Health: Netflix documentary trades on 'alternative facts' about veganism" – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  20. ^ Purdy, Chase. "Hollywood vegans are trying to convince you eggs are as bad as cigarettes—that's irresponsible and wrong". Quartz. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Nominations 2018". Cinema for Peace Foundation. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  22. ^ Hedges, Chris (9 July 2017). "Eating Our Way to Disease". Truthdig. Retrieved 10 July 2017.