Fat Head: A Review

fat-headI mentioned that a few weeks ago we rented Fat Head on Netflix.  Tom Naughton’s Fat Head is a direct rebuttal to Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, which we watched a week before that.  This is really a case of “you’ve just gotta see it.”  I couldn’t begin to to do the film justice in a recap, although Kelly did a pretty good job of it.  The video clips at the end of her post are worth watching.

Basically, Naughton set out to disprove Spurlock’s claim that fast food is solely to blame for the diseases and obesity plaguing our culture.  In fact, he went on his own 30-day fast food feast and actually lost weight and improved his lipids.

Throughout the making of this documentary, as he explains to Kelly, he discovered evidence vindicating saturated fats of their reputation as a health hazard, and following his fast food experiment, he went on a diet high in saturated fats and low in vegetable oils, sugar and starch and saw his numbers get even better.

Throughout the movie, he interviews various experts in the field, which are all incredibly enlightening and informative.

Naughton has a great sense of humor, and after watching Super Size Me just a week before, we got a kick out of how he basically mocked the entire film from beginning to end.  He also proves that Spurlock basically had to gorge himself on McDonalds to consume the amount of daily calories that he claimed in his food logs (he also refuses to allow anyone to see those food logs), which goes to prove what I said in my review of the film — it was kind of a pointless experiment, especially in light of the ridiculous rules he imposed on himself.

Naughton basically demonstrates throughout the film that, as he says in his synopsis on IMDB, “almost everything you think you know about the obesity ‘epidemic’ and healthy eating is wrong.”

Okay, so I guess I pretty much did exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do and wrote a recap.  But I still say, you’ve just gotta see it. So go ahead and do that, and then let me know what you think, ‘k?

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2 Responses

  1. I’d love to see this – I’m going to have to find it. I enjoyed watching SuperSize me, although I thought it was a little risky and pointless as well.

  2. Now you have me interested. We’ve watched Spurlock’s movie and read his book. We semi-drank the Kool Aide so-to-speak. Now I guess we had better take a looky at the rebuttal. I am always open to new ideas, especially if they have a little humor in them!

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