I’ve found myself surrounded by extreme-health conscious individuals, all self-proclaimed “experts” on whatever their newest health passion is. I’ve endured their preaching about juice fasts, food combining, raw, grapefruit, no carbs…all carbs…along with oh-so-many other diets. While being aware is good, preaching ones health views to others has always annoyed me so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with Bite Size.
To my surprise Bite Size strays away from preaching about certain diets and instead steps back and focuses on the life of four obese children. Each child comes from a different part of the country, different financial backgrounds, as well as slightly different approaches to battling their health issues–one 12 year old’s even battling diabetes. The 12 year old, Davion, is a football fanatic and wants to join the school’s football team. With a heavy focus on exercise we see hope with this child and he eventually becomes fit enough to play in a game. Something that wasn’t a reality at the beginning of this documentary.
Moy (11 years old) isn’t as big as Davion yet has no appetite for exercise. This may be due to the fact that his father comes across as a negative role model (he constantly eats fast food and chows down on chips) as well as on the border of being mentally abusive. In a weird happy note, the dad’s health takes a turn for the worse where the dad now has to focus on his health and eventually support Moy’s efforts in living a healthier life.
Only one out of four fathers’ support their child’s struggles (that’s shown), luckily for those that lack support, there’s community outreach to help the children learn nutritional fundamentals. Mend (the group that Moy joins) focuses on the concepts of reading nutritional food labels. Another group, Si Se Puede, (Yes We Can) is run by KeAnne that focuses on diet as well as encouraging any sort of exercise. Sadly the girls that she’s reaching out to can’t seem to break their unhealthy living habits even though KeAnne has put all of her might behind trying to help the junior high girls.
Bite Size, shows us a variety of methods that range from a diet boarding school to after school programs. There is no right or wrong way here, instead it shows the power of determination and willpower to change. Because of this, Bite Size leaves both an optimistic note (Davion and KeAnne) while also striking a not-so-happy one with the other children.
The Bottom Line: This is an easy recommend, Bite Size steps away from being preachy and instead opens up the discussion by showing you these children’s struggles.