Joe Cross with students from Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton.
It’s almost universal. You lose five pounds, blink, and you regained six. Phil Staples, a former trucker, did it big time — first he lost 100 pounds, which gained him social media fame due to Joe Cross’s 2010 documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a film seen by 20-million worldwide. Then he regained 200 pounds.
A new, trim Staples is back in Cross’s sequel Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 after sorting out the emotional problems that led him to overeat, which even included guidance from Bruce Lee. The Wellness Foundation of East Hampton will preview the new film at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the LTV studios in Wainscott.
The new documentary, set for mid-November release, was previewed on Sept. 18 in 650 cities. The segment on the return of a lean Staples drew audience applause in several cities, as did scenes of 70 East Hampton school children participating in a healthy eating program created for schools by the Wellness Foundation. This includes Delani Beavers, who when she was four years old begged her mother to give her healthier food and inspired both her mother and grandmother to sign up for a Wellness Challenge of healthier eating.
For the sequel Cross, an Australian, traveled around the world interviewing people who are trying to live healthily in an unhealthy world to show how people can regain control over their lives.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. They can be ordered at wfeh. org. or by phoning the Wellness Foundation 631-329-2590. You can watch the Cross’s 2010 documentary through Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. com, through You Tube, or free on sites like Hulu.