Perhaps you’ve seen Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, “Super Size Me” where he takes McDonald’s to task with an experiment over 30 days to see how unhealthy McDonald’s food is. Well, filmmaker Tom Naughton, decides to do the same experiment but prove it’s possible to lose weight eating only fast food for 30 days and in the process takes not only Morgan Spurlock to task, but also the US Government, consumer action groups, and basically every diet and exercise guru who advocate low fat, high carb diets.
Naughton points out that in Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me”, Spurlock consumed over 5,000 calories a day, which by anyone’s standards, would be likely to make anyone fat. But Spurlock had three rules he was going to follow, he ate only three meals a day, would try everything on the menu at least once, and would super size the meal if asked by the clerk. Naughton pokes a hole in this because there’s no way he could put together three meals a day and hit that calorie level without adding extra food. Spurlock gained over 25 pounds during his experiment, and it’s Naughton’s claim that Spurlock intentionally “Mc-Stuffed” himself because had he only gained four or five pounds, it wouldn’t have been as dramatic a film. And repeated efforts to contact Morgan Spurlock to review his food log were refused.
Tom Naughton uses humor to poke holes in various assumptions that critics of fast food tend to make. Some of those arguments that fast food restaurants make you eat their food, poor people are stupid, and that you can’t say no to “Do you want fries with that?” Naughton then proceeds to illustrate how opportunistic lawyers and consumer advocacy groups make broad generalizations and create pressure on fast food companies and law makers under the assumption that fast food companies are evil and the general public is too stupid to make smart choices.
Then the government gets taken to task because of this supposed epidemic of obesity. Part of the reason why there is such an “epidemic” is that the standards by which the statistics were measured. The definition of obesity was redefined so that more people fall into that category. While it’s true people are larger than they were before, the impression the statistics are giving you is that people are 50 to 100 pounds larger than they were years ago, when the truth is the average is about 5 to 10 pounds more than in the past. Not to mention the average age of the population has increased over the last thirty years because people are living longer, and minority population groups account for a larger percentage of the total population.
The scientific community in conjunction with the government get taken to task as well because scientists that do uncover the truth, aren’t funded where scientists who’ll skew their studies to come up with results that match what the government or private companies funding the studies want to hear get rewarded with more press and more importantly more grants to continue research. Starting with the Lipid Hypothesis in the 1950’s which created the whole idea that heart disease was linked to saturated fat.
Much of the information contained in the film “Fat Head” is what Jorge Cruise has been advocating in his “Belly Fat Cure” program. Sugar and high carbohydrate diets are truly the culprits of a bad diet, and the health industry has a vested interest in not letting you find that out. Also taken to task are the unnatural fats such as corn and vegetable oils, which are linked to cancer. While Jorge’s been promising a documentary of his own on the dangers of Sugar, Tom Naughton has created his own documentary that not only explains exactly what Jorge wants to share, and does it in a very entertaining manner. If you think the film is pro-fast food, you’d really be selling the movie short. It’s more proactive about accepting personal responsibility for your choices, which can include fast food, but ultimately, it’s up to you what goes into your body. Naughton just shares what you really should be avoiding.
Some of the experts showcased in the film are, Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades (co-authors of “Protein Power“), Dr. Al Sears (author of “The Doctor’s Heart Cure“), Dr. Eric Oliver (author of “Fat Politics“), and Dr. Mary Enig (author of “Know Your Fats“). Also mentioned several times in the film are the works of Dr. Gary Taubes (author of “Good Calories, Bad Calories“) but he wasn’t interviewed. What especially made me take notice was the presence of the Michael and Mary Dan Eades. I had just recently learned about their involvement in the creation of a cooking appliance known as the Sous Vide Supreme (which I have recently ordered and will be reviewing in an upcoming blog post) and they are big proponents of high protein, low carb meals. So while it seems the movie is advocating fast food, the fact of the matter its advocating making smarter choices, but to do that, you have to know what is a smarter choice is. And when the government’s guideline for a healthy meal reflects what farmers feed their animals to fatten them up before slaughter, you have to take a serious look at the information you’re being fed by the government.
By learning that cutting carbohydrates and sugar, would it be any surprise that Tom Naughton not only found out that he lost weight on his 30 day fast food diet, but also found out he improved his numbers for his cholesterol counts? Naughton then decided to spend an additional 30 days exploring how a low carb/low sugar diet with a more homemade approach worked and found he lost more weight but what truly surprised him was that he had more energy than ever. It seems that all the so called “recommended” ways to eat by the government are the recipe for obesity, heart disease, and a lifetime dependent upon drug companies selling products to treat symptoms created by the poor diet in the first place.
It would be well worth your time to check out Tom Naughton’s “Fat Head” Film. At the time of this writing, the movie is available to be viewed instantly by Netflix subscribers (how I happened to come across the film). In fact, if you’re a Netflix subscriber, both “Super Size Me” and “Fat Head” are available for instant viewing and you may want to watch “Super Size Me” first and then “Fat Head” to clear your head of the “Spurlockian Logic.” If you want to purchase a copy of the film, you’re best bet is ordering directly from Tom Naughton’s blog website for the film, which is located at fathead-movie.com. Check out the movie and it will inspire you to eat better, even if you do include some fast foods in your diet.