Yesterday I finally decided to venture into the vast unknown that is the Netflix instant watch. I immediately stumbled my way into the Documentary section, adding them to the queue in abundance. I love to learn new things, and watching (or listening while knitting/crocheting/drawing) documentaries is one of my favorite ways to do that.
So to start out, I chose to watch a documentary entitled Fat Head. The image for the movie displayed reminded me a lot of Super Size Me, so I read the description and it sounded like a very interesting premise…
While most people saw the documentary Super Size Me as an exposé of the fast food industry, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton saw it as a dare: He’d show that you could lose weight on a diet of burgers and fries. In addition to chronicling Naughton’s weight drop, the film provides interviews with doctors, nutritionists and others to drive home his thesis that most of what we know about “healthy eating” is wrong.
Now, I watched Super Size Me years ago and really enjoyed it. It made absolute sense to me, and re-instilled my beliefs even more that fast food is a demonic presence. I did not question it, I just believed it.
After watching Fat Head, which very hilariously and wisely points out the flaws in Super Size Me, my eyes are more open now. Basically, fat is NOT bad for you, or something to be avoided. Starch, on the other hand, is horrible for you. Also, sugar (which everyone already pretty much knew).
The first part of Fat Head focuses on ways the film SuperSize Me stretched credibility or used questionable reasoning. Though the debate that the two films encapsulate will likely continue for a long time, Naughton employs transparency in his effort. An article in the Houston Chronicle reports: “Unlike Spurlock, Naughton has a page on his Web site that lists every item (including nutritional information) he ate during his fast-food month.”
The second part of the documentary focuses on the science and politics behind the nutrition recommendations given by the U.S. government – largely based on the lipid hypothesis which Fat Head claims is in error on all three of its main propositions.
The film claims that the lipid hypothesis has no basis in scientific fact. According to the film there has never been a single scientific study that has linked a high fat diet to increased rates of heart disease. During the film several doctors and dieticians were interviewed and they all stated that according to the latest research in heart disease it is inflammation (typically caused by high blood sugar) and not a diet high in saturated fat that causes heart disease and heart attacks.
What I really liked about this documentary is that they go into extreme detail in explaining everything, and doesn’t just tell you facts with nothing to back it up. It’s also done in a way that can be understood easily, without passing right over our heads.
I highly recommend watching Fat Head, and it can be watched on either Netflix instant watch, or on Hulu for free.
So I ate bacon and eggs with jalapenos for breakfast, and felt no guilt. It was good.