Watched Tom Naughton's 2009 Documentary "Fat Head"


"I have read the papers suggesting that 20 years of low-fat recommendations have not managed to lower the incidence of heart disease in this country, and may have led instead to the steep increase in obesity and Type 2 diabetes."
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Gary Taubes, NY Times article What If It's All Been A Big Fat Lie?


Fat Head is a documentary that is a rebuttal to the claims made in the film Super Size Me, in which
Morgan Spurlock ate three meals of McDonald's food everyday for a month. He gained 24 pounds, his cholesterol rose, and he experienced wild mood swings. In
Fat Head, Tom Naughton consumes three meals of fast food every day for a month with the goal of losing weight and improving his health.


Naughton consumed 2000 calories a day, and he limited his carbohydrate intake to 100 grams. One thing he did not limit was his fat intake. Usually people take the pure calories in, calories out method of calculating how much to eat, but as Gary Taubes says in his book
Good Calories, Bad Calories, not all calories are created equal. Naughton goes over this topic quite a bit in the film, and I really enjoyed the interviews in this section. It's broken down in a simple way that most people can understand.

Spurlock claimed to have consumed an average of 5000 calories a day, which Naughton explains how unlikely he did this without excessive overeating, and he breaks it down with a little math.


If you're interested in this film, it's available on both Netflix streaming and Hulu (below).


I was really entertained by this film, and my favorite part was about the science (or lack thereof) that our national nutritional recommendations are based on. More specifically, he discusses the low-fat diet and the lipid hypothesis, where it came from and what little actual medical information it's based on. The movie drags a bit in the middle, but overall, it was informative and entertaining. I totally recommend checking it out.

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