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Fat Head (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 February 2009 (USA)
A comedian replies to the "Super Size Me" crowd by losing weight on a fast-food diet while demonstrating that almost everything you think you know about the obesity "epidemic" and healthy eating is wrong.

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Credited cast:
Peter Paddon Peter Paddon ... Himself - Guy who sees himself on the news
Tom Naughton Tom Naughton ... Himself / John Banzhaf / Deep Throat / The Guy From CSPI / Customer / Body Cells
Chareva Naughton Chareva Naughton ... Herself / Veggie Girl / Counter Clerk
Sally Fallon Morell Sally Fallon Morell ... Herself - President, Weston A. Price Foundation (as Sally Fallon)
Mary Enig Mary Enig ... Herself - Biochemist (as Mary Enig PhD)
Michael R. Eades Michael R. Eades ... Himself (as Michael R. Eades M.D.)
Mary Dan Eades Mary Dan Eades ... Herself (as Mary Dan Eades M.D.)
Al Sears Al Sears ... Himself - Director, Wellness Research Foundation (as Al Sears M.D.)
Eric Oliver Eric Oliver ... Himself - University of Chicago (as Eric Oliver PhD)
Jacob Sullum ... Himself - Senior Editor, Reason Magazine
Eric Feit Eric Feit ... Himself (as Eric Feit M.D.)
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Michael Jacobson Michael Jacobson ... Himself (archive footage)
George McGovern ... Himself (archive footage)
Shirley Naughton Shirley Naughton ... Herself
Robert Olson Robert Olson ... Himself (archive footage)
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A comedian replies to the "Super Size Me" crowd by losing weight on a fast-food diet (including plenty of double-cheeseburgers and fried chicken) while demonstrating that almost everything you think you know about the obesity "epidemic" and healthy eating is wrong. Written by Naughton, Tom

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3 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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This documentary is not intended to be a substitute for the misguided nutrition advice you can get from your doctor or other health professional. See more »

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Some Ideas That People Need to Hear...Didn't Like Some of It
5 March 2011 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

As a Fortean (Google that if you're not sure), and a follower of a high fat, low carb diet (Google The Primal Blueprint) I appreciate his efforts in debunking the Conventional Wisdom and looking at the real results of scientific studies, and deriding the "experts" who had thrown out data that doesn't jibe with their theories. I mean, he eats like me. Double cheeseburger and diet soda. Except I don't eat the bun.

I would object to his rebuttal against Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me" He derides Spurlock for being, I suppose, elitist. He claims that Spurlock thinks poor people are "stupid" because they don't know any better to avoid eating fast food if they are overweight. Spurlock never claimed poor people are stupid, but I am sure he would admit that they are low information. Just like many Americans. That doesn't make them stupid, that makes them deprived of information due to the lousy job done by our public education system and corporate driven media, but that's an argument for another day.

In regard to Spulock's point about availability of food options among the poor, I have news for you, guy. If you have never been in a poverty stricken area, sometimes the only food options are McDonald's. Not even a supermarket. Maybe some beef jerky and Doritos from the liquor store, where the shop owner has to jack up his prices to obscene levels because he's been held up at gunpoint multiple times and his insurance is through the roof. But it's either that, McDonald's, starvation, or drive 15 miles to an area with decent choices. All not the best options.

Overall, people need to hear most of this movie, but I did not appreciate his ragging on Spurlock.

As far as "following the money," as this movie suggests, with the fast food industry versus the weight loss industry, one getting fat off getting people fat, and the other getting fat off getting people skinny (or trying to and failing), who can the average person possibly root for in that competition?


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