[ExI] Fat Head (was: sorta mod version of paleo diet)

J. Stanton js_exi at gnolls.org
Fri Jun 17 14:44:57 UTC 2011

spike said:
> This confirms a suspicion I have long held, that fast food in itself is not
> necessarily harmful.  Certainly it's bad reputation has been wildly
> exaggerated.  If devoured in moderation, one could live on the stuff,
> relatively cheaply:

That's the entire point of the documentary "Fat Head".

You can watch it on Hulu, if you don't mind commercials:

The plot: an engineer (Tom Naughton) decides that he's going to prove 
that the movie "Super Size Me" is bunk.  He goes on a 100% fast food 
diet (mostly McDonalds), loses weight, and improves his cholesterol 
numbers and blood pressure.  Along the way he debunks quite a few 
nutritional myths, with guest appearances from people like Drs. Michael 
and Mary Eades, Dr. Mary Enig, Dr. Al Sears, etc.

It also shows how our government's decision to make its first 
nutritional recommendations came about, and why the result has been such 
a public health disaster.  It's charmingly low-budget, staunchly 
pro-freedom, and a solid introduction to the subject of nutrition.

If you just want the science as a presentation, Naughton's speech "Big 
Fat Fiasco" is available on YouTube, and goes much farther into depth 
than the movie did:
(note: five parts, this is the first)


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