In 2018, Netflix aired “The Game Changers” which received a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.2/10 on IMDb.
The synopsis goes as follows, “James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.”
“Are Dairy Products Linked To Cancer?” by Joe Rogan & Chris Kresser exposes some important points around the studies presented in the film.
Game Changers & Confirmation Bias
Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that affirms one’s prior beliefs or hypotheses.
People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way.
The film does this in a spectacular way, pointing out all the successful athletes that are vegan and by way of association – leading the viewer to believe that it was due to their diet.
All the while, leaving out all the successful athletes that don’t follow such a diet.
Fueled By The Truth?
The film’s unique selling proposition (USP) “Fueled By The Truth” seems far from fact.
Paul Kita states, “Except that The Game Changers presents only one side of the facts, often via controversial sources, grand extrapolations from small studies, and statements that are flat-out misleading.”
At the start, the movie goes on about Roman Gladiators and the bones found on an archeological site. However, besides a study not existing around such data, proof that the skeletons belonged to Gladiators simply doesn’t exist.
The colosseum participants weren’t as the show portrays. Roman gladiators were war prisoners and criminals, not sporting heroes.
So no wonder they didn’t find evidence of meat. Imagine the conditions of prison during that era.