MUMBAI—Forks Over Knives, a groundbreaking documentary that illustrates the power of plant-based diets to improve health and prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes, will have its premiere screening in Mumbai on Nov. 18. The Physicians Committee—a U.S. doctors organization—is hosting the screening in observance of World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14.
In Mumbai, 9.3 percent of the population suffers from diabetes, according to a recent study. The World Health Organization says that 69.2 million people in India are affected by diabetes and 71 million are thought to be prediabetic. According to a study in the journal The Lancet, the prevalence of diabetes in India more than doubled for men and increased by 80 percent among women between 1980 and 2014. By 2030 diabetes may afflict up to 100 million individuals in India. The direct annual cost of diabetes in India is $73 billion.
“Forks Over Knives will show the audience how keeping meat and dairy products out of the traditional Indian diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes can prevent and reverse diabetes,” says the Physicians Committee’s Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D., who will host the events. “It’s already helped viewers worldwide save their lives with a plant-based diet.”
The event will begin with light refreshments. Following the screening, Dr. Ali will host a Q-and-A with professor Vijay Joshi from Pune, who reversed his diabetes with a vegan diet and has been free of symptoms for the past eight years.
“In 2009, after reading an interview with Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., I gave up milk and started a vegan diet,” says Joshi. “I lost 14 pounds in a year, and my doctor eventually took me off three diabetes and cholesterol medications.”
Forks Over Knives has received rave reviews from medical experts and entertainment critics alike:
- “A provocative documentary.” – Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, author, and actress
- “A great film.” – Sanjay Gupta, M.D., CNN host
- “I truly feel that this film is SO good.” – Alicia Silverstone, actress and New York Times best-selling author
- “One of the most eye opening films I’ve ever seen.” – Ariana Grande, popstar
When and Where:
Date and Time: Saturday Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Patkar Hall, 1 Nathibai Thackersey Road, New Marine Lines (Near Income Tax office)
SNDT Women's University, Churchgate, Mumbai, 400020, Maharashtra
Free registration is available at BuildingAHealthyIndia.org.
For more information or an interview with an expert, please contact Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D., at email@example.com or +91 7354
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.