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Fat Head

While most people saw the documentary Super Size Me as an expose 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.

Naughton addresses Spurlock's argument that the current prevalence of obesity cannot have been caused by home cooking or by non-corporate, family-owned restaurants, since they have been around longer than corporate fast food chains.

Naughton says that the food people eat at family-owned restaurants is the same unhealthy food eaten at fast food chains, and that the reason the former did not make people obese is because during his generation's youth, families would only eat at them a handful of times a year, and not frequently, as some people do at fast food restaurants.

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  • Crab_Nebula

    Google "Garbage plate" "Rochester" "Nick Tahou's" These are the best, you have to try one someday... Makes a whopper look like a diet meal.

  • ZarathustraSpeaks

    A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.thompson.31924 Mark Thompson

    Very interesting doc. But Al Sears looks like a porno film star. Um, could I have another Big Mac, please?

  • http://www.facebook.com/yao.lau.9 Yao Lau

    cult documentary.

  • Truth

    This documentary is very misleading. Of course you can loss body weight by eating a diet of fast food. A key factor in determining body weight is the individuals caloric intake vs their output. In this sense you can lose weight eating anything as long as you keep the calories down. However, if you only eat processed junk you are definitely deprived of essential vitamins and mineral, your good and bad cholesterol levels will be inverted, your melatonin and serotonin levels will be devastated, and most importantly fast food places load their food with chemicals that the FDA dose not mandate the expression of the daily value found in the food. Fast food is full of heat activated flavoring and SULFUR, which no living thing can tolerate. But if you insist on being "a proud American" than enjoy your $1.07 heart attack.

  • John Krisfalusci

    You know, I rarely agree but I have to say he made an interesting point at the very beginning of this movie. If you consume literally 5 thousand calories no matter what food you eat and don't opt to exercise, then you are asking for a painful death.

    Not to mention that anything over 2500 calories for a 'moderate' lifestyle will pack the pounds as well. I heard even over 1200 calories for a 'sedentary' lifestyle is uncertain.

    So when they say 'moderation is key' it applies to every situation and I suppose it could work here as well.

    Or you can reduce carbs... or you can exercise more and stop being lazy.. or do any of the 3. I'm skinny and I thought I would never be unhealthy but now I am kind of worried. I know I will never be fat, but skinny people with heart disease? Ugh... shudders just to think about such a thing. Time for me to cut down on carbohydrates and exercise even more hehe~

    All in all, I enjoyed the film. A bit long but funny ^_^

  • http://twitter.com/0liver_revil0 ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    ...Kinda like QualiaSoup!

  • Blank

    Boring, the documentary came out 5 years after Super Size Me. After McDonald's revamped their menu and nutrition info.

  • Bozman419

    You are wrong on too many points to waste time on. IE: it's "lose" not "loss body weight" .... LOL moderation is the key, no heart attack comes from a dollar seven.

  • Geoffrey Grekin

    I agree this documentary doesn't fly with me.
    I'll admit I only watched 10 min of it, but what he explained was that people really aren't getting fat.. and that nobody forces people to buy fast food.

    So he just dismissed the whole scientific statistical evidence while also discarding advertisement which conflicts with these statements.

    This lack of obvious insight in the opening scenes demonstrate the character of the whole documentary.. Sorry, not interested in your bologna. .

  • thesprucemoose

    Hows this dumb a*ses healthy meal at the beginning. him eating that boring a*s looking supposed healthy meal he was eating was like watching an infomercial for workout equipment when they compare the flashy new gay crunch machine in colour to the black and whit fat guy in black and white straining to do a sit up.There is a lot of great healthy food out there that gives your body what it naturally needs that tastes amazing. Enjoy your whopper you fat f**k clog those arteries go merica! the land of the ignant r*tard who are brainwashed to cherish macidols.

  • julia

    Despite his overuse of the word 'bologna', I think you're making a mistake if you judge this documentary upon forming an opinion after 10 minutes. Yes, there are points that don't sit quite right with me, but these are exaggerated points to go with his argument: A lot of the panic on healthy living in the media is unnecessary and a lot of the information you get is not quite right and at times even manipulated to serve financial purposes.

    It does, at times, sound like he's advertising fast food to be perfectly fine, but I think you have to look beyond that: There's more to health and weight than the 'over-consumption' of fast food.

  • anastasius

    This documentary shows how once someone in government gets an agenda, it's full speed ahead and nevermind the facts. An excellent example of how the gullible are led into wars or nonsense like manmade global warming, cooling, climate change or whatever they are calling it now.

    Adolf Hitler was right when he said; "it is fortunate for governments that most people do not think". It is also fortunate for businesses and scientist's who can profit on such ignorance as illustrated in this documentary.

  • IndustryOfBlame

    This documentary is just about this one guy, in this case an apparently "known" comedian, telling his story and showing us what kind of diet works for him, while maintaining the all-important facade of educated opinion by quoting people and organisations whose particular camp he is a follower of.

    All in all, no different from most of the people claiming the opposite view of what is healthy to eat and what's not. The money trail is no smaller on one end than it is on the other, in other words you can't trust anyone. In the years since this documentary was made (if 2009 is indeed correct) the so-called LCHF (low carbon high fat) diet has really caught on in food fashion, and naturally it comes with its own entourage of bestselling authors and food industry lobbyists.

    The problem with food consumption today is about intake versus expenditure. You can complicate matters by involving a range of metabolic factors, such as insuline tolerance and genetic predisposition, but in the end that's just part of the equation as a whole, which is still intake vs expenditure.

    The intake part is easy, counting your calories takes only basic math skills and some amount of patience. The same simply cannot be said about expenditure, Most people have wide variances in their basal metabolism, and not only are these variances hard to measure, but their underlying causes are elusive as well. This is why two people can have widely different results from one specific diet.

    Many people also tend to get the wrong idea about exercise. This is not their own fault, but simply due to the fact that it's easy to create infomercials and other marketing ploys around food, but not so much when it comes to basic cardiovascular exercise. Basically, if you're exercising for the sole reason of burning this or that amount of calories, you don't understand the full range of benefits that good, varied exercise provides.

  • anastasius

    You miss the whole point of this dicumentary. That point is that government can act out an agenda without any concern for facts or the actual well being of those they rule over. Once the agenda is rolling, there are no shortage of scientists, business people or lawyers to jump on the bandwagon.They know how to toe the line to get power or wealth at societies' expense.

    I shake my head every time I see or hear some gullible simpleton parroting some line that originates with a government agency. Try thinking for yourself and earn the "Truth" moniker.

  • anastasius

    And who else here besides the producer of the documentary point to exercise or an active lifestyle as a factor in health?

  • Imightberiding

    I'm about to watch this doc. I normally do not post comments prior to watching said doc & I don't much care for other's opinions posted before investing time in the doc in question. That said, I am breaking my rule only because I did not notice in any of the comments the main issue of the day. Kids don't play like they used to.

    At the risk of sounding like an old man, when I was a kid I was physically active from the time I awoke until I went to sleep. We (as friends & neighbors) constantly kept each other active through countless games, sports & activities that required physical interaction. Now how much time is spent in front of a computer or TV screen. This doesn't even address the fact that most people don't even know who their neighbors are & as a result the children suffer.

    Never was it an issue of over eating & lack of exercise when I was growing up. Now it has become the topic of every talk show & news program. Just balance you diet folks, eat appropriately & get lots of exercise. I will go so far to say that in my experience (many other very fit athlete friends of mine will also tell you) it's not so much what you eat but how much you eat & how physically active you are. Of course there are many bad things you should avoid eating but I would dare say: a person who eats nothing but fast food & exercises regularly is most likely to be healthier & in better physical condition overall than someone who insists on eating nothing but organic "health" food & has a sedentary lifestyle with little to no physical activity.

    Now I will watch this doc & see how far off base I was with my pre-mature comment. Here's to health everyone! Enjoy that delicious cheeseburger. (I'm eating a few tasty slices of pizza right now) Just don't have two & go for an extra walk, swim or run that day or week to make up for the extra intake.

  • Wayne Siemund

    Reduce carbs, use less procossed fats, take a hike, and you can eat eggs and bacon for beakfast followed by steak and greens from supper.
    But I thought fast food places serve mostly high carbohydrate foods. Hamburger buns, breaded chicken strips, fat dripping potato fries. Rarely do they serve anything green as a normal part of the meal deals. Salads are always a side item, as if they are an after thought to nutrition.
    This documentary certainly has something to consider. We shall see how this develops if another independent study is presented.
    The one absolute truth in this documentary was 'follow the money'.

  • nulled

    People are fat. But, the truth is that labor markets are down and the service economy (sitting in a cubicle as well as the fast food crap... equals bad news. However, the food we eat is highly sterile with preservatives for fear of law suits.

  • bringmeredwine

    I found this doc extremely amusing, from the narration to the "man on the street" interviews. At some points I laughed out loud. Not a bad way to spend another dreary, frigid winter afternoon.
    There was a lot of information to digest (no pun intended).
    I know this for a fact: for years I always ate very healthy food from scratch and never had a weight problem.
    2 years ago I found my health failing and endured multiple surgeries which have forced me to become inactive. So much for "healthy" food, eh?
    But the point is, now I'm packing on the weight BIG TIME, and my eating habits never changed.
    All the long hikes I used to take every day must have really made a difference.
    Mayhaps I shall dump my boring wholegrain and veggie consumption.
    GIMME SOME STEAK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevis-Robotie/100001756240675 Trevis Robotie

    buon appetito.....

  • Kateye70

    Jim Fixx was a good example of poor diet leading to heart disease even though he was thin and fit. However, he had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, had a congenitally enlarged heart, had indulged in some unhealthy life choices like smoking, was under emotional stress, and had been fairly heavy, before he took up running in his mid-thirties.

    I'm curious as to why the admonition to "exercise more" always seems to come with the judgmental admonition to "stop being lazy," as if that's the only reason for reduced activity levels.

  • John Krisfalusci

    Because when you exercise you burn more calories and prevents you from being lazy... sheesh no brainer here ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/junior.goulet Junior Goulet

    wow i hate this documentary ... of course labeling food is good .. if u count the calories u eat u will get slimmer ... i lost 30 pounds last year i stop going to MacDonald and all those fast food and if i went with friends i check on the website before the calories ... don't take the milkshake !

  • bitches pls

    People leaving comments about this guys adoring McDo's... watch the freaking document. It just gets better towards the end. True facts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zebram-Zee/100002539017006 Zebram Zee

    I think you didnt get the point of the documentary. The documentary was about eating a diet that is higher in fat and lower in carbs vs. a diet that is lower in fat and higher in carbs. He was trying to show that you can eat a meal with higher fat and still lose weight. Yes, fast food has chemicals and is deprived of vitamins and minerals, but the point was just to show that the reason why fast food is bad is not because of the high fat content. I'm not entirely sure this is true, but that is the argument that the documentary maker was trying to make, not whether fast food has enough vitamins, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zebram-Zee/100002539017006 Zebram Zee

    What's like QualiaSoup?

  • whoopi_goldberg

    What ever happened to eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.harrigan Ian Harrigan

    Never trust a person who calls themselves "truth" regardless what they say. ;)

    The point is that fat is broken down into amino acids, that are later reconstructed to other protiens. Of course its devoid of ions and essential minerals, it just wasnt the point. You can pay $50 for a heart attack if you want, it could probably also be organic and fair game.

    PS: there are sulphur compounds when you fart.

  • http://twitter.com/0liver_revil0 ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    ...the editing/graphic presentation.
    Narritive, can be straight forward, cut to the chase-esque...

  • will

    The director of this doc clearly has some real personal issues with food. He is obviously over weight and appears to have some real self esteem issues so is trying to justify eating s*it!

  • Nwttp

    Everyone should already know this from the war on drugs. That the government doesn't care about you is so obvious, a three year old could see it.

  • VanLudyck

    GR8 docu!! Very witty and pointed, U don't necessarily have to agree with everything shown or said, but than again that is the point - USE YOUR OWN BRAIN, M*RONS!-))

  • WiseGapist

    no... it isn't.

  • Imightberiding

    On a lighter note. . . didn't the spokesperson for the "Heart Attack Grill/Cafe" in Las Vegas recently die from a heart attack? It was my understanding he had previously suffered at least one if not several heart attacks prior to the final fatal one. This being a restaurant that specializes in infamously large fat, cheese & bacon laden double, triple & quadruple burgers. The cooks dress as doctors & the wait staff as nurses.

  • Simon

    At the beginning of the documentary we are told that there is no obesity epidemic.

    At the end of the documentary we are told the government is responsible for the current obesity epidemic.

    This sums up the quality of the documentary and the information it gives.

  • disqus_FlM4Yzl3n2

    I loved every minute of it, this was spot on!!!

  • kyufa

    I saw the section that explained the calories in/calories out theory and how carbs drive insulin which drives fat storage/retention about 9 months ago. That convinced me to go low carb... lost 75lbs since then and never regretted it. My checkups confirm Naughton's checkup results. Whole grains are good for you in the same way the sun revolves around a flat earth... the more you learn about it the more you realize it's simply not so.

  • kyufa

    So statisically you based your opinion on 10% of the available information. That makes you a 100% m*ron. He based these opening statements on information presented later on in the film. Based on your reasoning, you probably only watched the first 10 minutes of Titanic and thought it would have a happy ending.

  • Jess

    Here's an idea .. maybe it is a COMBINATION of fast food AND lack of exercise. Funny how it claims it CAN'T be fast food at all and points the finger at tv, cars, and lack of exercise in general. Its annoying that he thinks its one cause and one cause only and fast food CANNOT be related . And he eats a burger and claims "he didn't die" .... oh come on he constantly puts things out of context, no one says one burger is going to kill you ... its when it becomes a frequent habit to eat high calorie food and is COMBINED with lack of exercise

  • http://www.facebook.com/texaschillibowl William Russell

    It's obvious. People that look down on others simply will never let them make their own choices. And this documentary is simply proof of how bad it can get. I thought I was going to hate this documentary, seriously super size me was absolute crap. This guy more then anything is saying read between the lines and when others claim to want to help they are more then likely lining their pockets. Originally business lined their pockets to help us.

  • jim dorey

    those stairs... they're NEVER at a comfortable step height, and they're usually in a BIG middle of nowhere space, they're kind of scary... if they put a wall on one side, it'd be comfy going down that side, up on the side without the wall would be fine, looking up away from the vertigo...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Hamilton/100000246654434 Patrick Hamilton

    Sorry.....had to stop watching half way through......the comedy started to wear a little thin....obesity is a serious topic, and while I get the idea of comic relief...the non-stop attempts at humour began to grate......Im sure this would have been an interesting documentary.....minus the cornball humour....

  • CoriLouis

    that's an interesting life story and has made me think differently about weight gain and fast food, thankyou for sharing :)

  • CoriLouis

    you know, i think too many of these replies have no solid evidence to back them up except for packing on cuss words or insults or saying something you don't like about the video ie. it was corny, the guy i a fat pig, etc. i have been looking for some solid information that might help me conclude if this evidence is true

  • CoriLouis

    i think people have just become paranoid and afraid of fast food, i think this guy has some good points, i would like to hear a sensible argument as to why this video is, as he said...a bunch of bologna, lol, it's different that's for sure, but some of the things he said about Spurlock i want to know if it's true

  • CoriLouis

    i wonder if what he said about Spurlock being a frod is true or just an exaggeration

  • CoriLouis

    good point

  • CoriLouis

    good point, i don't think there were milkshakes back then

  • CoriLouis

    i totally agree

  • CoriLouis

    wel, i finally finished it, and i think this was an awesome video, anyone who wants to counter that would have to have evidence
    it's good to be skeptical and not to believe everything people say, but some of the things really do make sense, especially for someone who works at kfc

  • bringmeredwine

    I so agree with you!
    For the past 10 years, I rarely see any children playing outside.
    I only see them if they are waiting for a school bus, (god forbid they WALK to school); being supervised by adults as if they are little prisoners; and the kids are usually overweight or already obese.
    Such paranoia! There were child molesters and incest when I was a kid too! We were taught to never go in someone's house without asking our parents first; and don't get into a car. Pretty straight forward to me.
    The teenagers and adults in my city are obese.
    Type 2 diabetes is rampant.
    Don't people know how to prepare decent, cheap meals anymore? I managed to, while I was a poor and busy working mother.
    Why do people even bother having kids now if they can't even send them outside to play? It's no life for the kids or their parents.
    My mom would have killed us if we didn't run out the door every morning!
    Sorry for the rant!
    I really did enjoy this doc, appreciated the humour and didn't feel like picking apart all the narrator's observations. I found it very entertaining.

  • Imightberiding

    It's a sad, sad, sad ,sad world! I've always liked your moniker when I have noticed it the comment sections from time to time by the way.

  • bringmeredwine

    Thank you, what a nice thing to say.

  • Bryannd Guerra

    He's not obese he's just fat

  • Josie

    This guy is incredibly annoying. I couldn't make it passed 10 minutes.

  • Alv V

    He is right when it comes to carbohydrates. Eating a lot of grain and potatoes etc. causes increased fat, but to think a diet of pure meat and other high protein foods (except vegetables with protein) is healthy just because it makes a person thinner, is wrong. Eating like he is recommending is a good way to get cancer. Try to remove as much meat and milk from the diet as possible if you want to live, and reduce bread, cakes, fries, pasta, sugar etc. if you want to loose weight.

  • getreal

    You're an id**t. Eating meat has absolutely no connection to cancer. How do I know this? I have a ph.D in biochemistry and dietetics. You need to slap yourself in the face with a piece of meat.

  • Alv V

    Obviously you have no education in good manners, just like you equally don't have anything of value to contribute with of hard facts, since you're attacking me as a person instead of my comment - that is based on the China–Cornell–Oxford Project, where the results (by: T. Colin Campbell, professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell,Chen Junshi, Deputy Director of Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Richard Peto of the University of Oxford, and Li Junyao of the China Cancer Institute) of the study is published in the book The China Study, that examines the relationship between animal based foods and dairy with a variety of chronic and/or fatal illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancers. It support common sense, like your mum would probably agree with if she ever told you to eat your veggies, and is critical about such nonsense as the low-carb diet that the narrator in Fat Head gives an example of, where he thinks weight loss=health gain and therefore stuff himself with lard.

  • getreal

    So your basing your 'educated' results off an epidemiology study that was conducted in rural China nearly 30 years ago? I'm well aware of this study and if you had actually read the book you would see there are several holes in Campbell's results . For example, his chapter on generalizing casein to "all nutrients from animal-based foods," and how it has the capacity to generate autoimmune diseases is not supported by his or anyone else's data. In contrast to his data, whey protein, another milk protein which has casein, appears to have a proactive effect against colon cancer. Any effect of casein, then cannot be generalized to other milk proteins, let alone all animal proteins. It's nowhere near as cut-n-dry as 'don't eat meat, it gives you cancer.' Furthermore, the study did not observe any vegan diets to compare with the others. Humans are omnivorous by nature, and protein is one of the major building blocks of our diet. Yes, you can get protein from plants, but plants do not have BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids), a very important component in meat that helps build and maintain muscle function. Vegetarian diets also lack nutrients such as vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Calcium, Zinc and Iron, all of which are essential to healthy brain and body function. So, I say again: slap yourself in the face with a piece of meat; might actually knock some sense into you.

  • A MFM

    You sound like a "ph.D." True, many persons of your educational background express themselves in this way. Can any kind of meat be used to slap a person in the face? I assume you've done some studies on this.

  • A MFM

    I guess only some authors are credible in the eyes of this filmmaker. The body prefers carbohydrates, but it will burn fat, then protein if it can't get enough carbs. So, like the Atkins diet, people do lose weight, but a high protein diet can cause calcium loss, and other problems. I don't think Spurlock cut his carbs. I live upstate NY and people here are definitely larger than those I see in NYC. Everyone drives everywhere they have to go. There's something dumb about this documentary. What a stupid thing to say to someone from another country, treating them like a cartoon character. Who funded this film? It sounds like a lot of what the cows leave in the field.

  • A MFM

    Just finished watching this documentary. I don't believe he funded this solely with his own money. And only the issues of weight control were talked about, not other problems like colon cancer, etc. The problem with McDonald's and the like is the monopoly they have. They provide cheap food. For poor people, it's a way of getting a full stomach on little money, by which is what McDonald's pays in wages. They create customers that way. When McD's is forced to pay livable wages, we'll see how many people flock to their stores. Naughton created a documentary on how not to care about your health and feel good about yourself.

  • Vinicius Momesso

    Unfortunately that is like a sofisticated set of gears made up of one of other dependent industries. Only a "fault" in a gear and all the system will been damaged. Is the Capitalism's poison being inoculated in our veins killing us slowly.

  • Sophia Washington

    I agree. You hit it dead on, the food is cheap and filling. Everyone knows that the food is overall unhealthy but cheap and convenience at weigh

  • A MFM

    I grew up at a time when White Castle was the most popular fast food, but I remember patronizing local restaurants in my Bronx neighborhood more than the junk food. A lot of pizza! Which is probably better that McD's. Later on, I ate more fast food, but I was poor and it fit the bill. If cheap good food is available I believe people would frequent those restaurants. This aside, I found Tom Naughton to be smug and obnoxious. Just my personal take.

  • summer

    its not about calories, its sugar. correct me if i'm wrong, but he never "only" mentioned just eating a burger will kill you-he never said that; actually he said the exact opposite;) And if you were paying attention, he did in fact talk about exercise! A simple 2 mile walk (walking to work or to the store, school whatever) is something he did talk about. So I'm not sure why you're saying "Its annoying that he thinks its one cause and one cause only" you're basically contradicting in everything you said. LOL.

  • summer

    Its not about calories. Its about not eating sugar as well as only eating the 'healthy' carbs that comes from fruits and veggies-what mother nature gave us:)

  • catpea33

    I totally agree with you. Rewinding to 6 months ago, I was 'eating clean' with lots of healthy whole grains, vegetables and lean meats (worked out as about 60% carbs, 20-30% protein, 20-10% fat) while also working out intensely with programmes such as Insanity and Les Mills Pump. I lost no weight and no body fat. In addition, I started to feel really bad - I was tired all the time to the point where I struggled to get off the sofa, I had a serious brain fog that affected my studies, I felt depressed and would cry for literally no reason, etc. I used to get hungry, even after eating and would need a nap about an hour later.

    Fast forward to two months ago and I stumbled across Wheat Belly and high fat, low carb eating. I've lost 10lb (taking me to 133lb at 5'5" so I was never fat before this diet), the brain fog is gone, I'm never hungry, don't have to count calories anymore, I'm full of energy and have even kicked up my workouts a gear with half-marathon training (and I'm running faster than I did with my previous diet). On top of that, my mood has totally changed and nothing is different except the diet. Our brains are made of more than 66% FAT so why on earth would anyone go on a low fat diet?! If I eat anything with wheat/gluten in it, I get an upset stomach and a rash within half an hour, even though I didn't think I had any problems with wheat/gluten beforehand. If I eat too much sugar in one sitting (i.e. a Pepsi at a restaurant with friends), I get dizzy and hyper.

    Based on nutritional advice, I'm doing everything wrong. I shouldn't be eating this much fat and losing weight. I shouldn't look and feel as good as I do with clear skin and strong nails. Calories in vs calories out is such a flawed analogy that people are fed; as you and I have discovered, the macros, i.e. proportions of carbs, proteins and fats, are much more important.

    Shame that so many other people still believe the nutritional dogma.

  • Jaded74

    Load of crap. I'm poor. There is a McDonalds less than a 5 minute walk from my house. I CHOOSE to eat it once a week or less. Choose. I'm poor, I'm not f(cking s*upid.
    Yes, we have a LOT of people that make stupid decisions.
    It's not your job to stop them.
    Don't you have children or family members or friends that could use your attention?

  • Jaded74

    I've slapped someone with both a steak and a fish.
    I don't care if he's a ph.D or not.
    Your point was just as moot and just as low.
    You should grow up if you're so responsible and care so much about every one else and their health.

  • Jaded74

    Try lightening up a little. I know someone with cancer who laughs more than you. Just think about that.

  • Jaded74

    I notice a few comments saying that "he only discusses the side of losing weight but eating meat all the time causes cancer" - skip to the end (around 1:38:00) - he specifically says "of course this is not a healthy way to eat, a healthy diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables"

    The reason he is only talking about weight, is because THAT is the aspect the documentary is focussing on - You can eat fast food in moderation and be fine. If some one CHOOSES to eat it all the time, that is THEIR choice and THEIR problem.

    Why do humans feel the need to force everyone into their way of thinking?

    Can't you just accept that people HAVE free will and we should HAVE THE RIGHT to exercise it, whether you like it or not?

    And don't rabble on about how murder is free will - ONLY someone mentally unstable would murder someone. Most people probably could at one point in their life be so angry they are capable of doing that, but they often CHOOSE not to, because it is the wrong decision.

    Bad things will happen sometimes. Just do your best to teach your kids how to deal with the real world and stop harassing total strangers because you have a bee in your bonnet about some overweight family member or a parent with heart disease.

    It's sad.
    It doesn't make it your job to fix everyone else.

  • Mudgy

    Most of the people posting comments have missed the basic points of what this guy is trying to tell you. Carbs are not something that is 'natural' to our diet. That basically the caveman diet of meats/nuts, fruit and veg is the basic rule of thumb we should try to follow. That as soon as we became farmers our body health began to decline due to us eating grains that we had grown. My grandparents lived on a farm. Spud farmers in fact. They were very active people. For breaky it was bacon and eggs. For dinner it was meat and 3 veg, for lunch the next day it was cold meat from the night before, salads, and home made breads. Real butter, real clotted cream. Both of them lived well into their 80's and neither had diabetes, heart disease, or any other diet related illness. I know myself I have successfully lost large amounts of weight by cutting carbs down and eating lots of veg, some red meat, and a small amount of fruit. (all things in moderation of course) As a kid I remember there being a lot of food around their place but no one was over weight. When my grandmother bought us snacks while we were playing it was a big bowl of stone fruit. Plums, apricots, peaches, and fresh milk from their own cow...and we LOVED it!

    This guy is not saying don't eat carbs. He is saying limit them. He is saying its not a disaster if you have the occasional fast food fix. That money/big business has corrupted food science in many ways and that you should listen to what you body is telling you. I know myself if I eat pizza I get a weird food high, which i suspect is from the dough or something they put in it. As such I listen to my body and rarely if ever eat pizza now days. He is also saying that physical activity is very important! That this should in no way be disregarded.

    So fast food is cheap? So what, so are a lot of healthy foods. You cant tell me that green leafy veg are expensive. They are not. Its time constraints and/or laziness that can stop us humans from preparing our own healthy meals and opting for fast food. Don't forget, that whatever you think about fast food, a hell of a lot of people think it tastes delicious! Another reason why it can be hard to resist. However, this does not stop human beings having free will. Its still up to the individual to make the choices about food for themselves. Like he said, no one is dragging people into fast food places and stuffing fries down their throats. And if people choose to eat it, it is their decision and no one elses.

  • Marie Noybn

    not to mention the fact that more people die from complications of diabetes, which a low carb, high fat (not necessarily high protein) diet both treats and prevents (in the case of type two at least) and which a high carb low fat diet PROMOTES.

  • Marie Noybn

    pay better attention, he is using the governments own phrasing and rhetoric at the end. The "obesity epidemic" is overblown, but what obesity problems we are having are primarily caused by current governmental recommendations as to diet.

  • Marie Noybn

    I know you are trying to lighten things up, but I gotta say, the fact that they served burgers says it wasn't exactly a LOW CARB high fat environment, more like a high carb, high fat environment, which isn't healthy for either team LOL. On that note though, did you know that people who work in food, often refuse to eat the food they work with? so this dude might have been eating salad every day lol.

  • Marie Noybn

    so, your theory is that when mcdonalds is forced to pay a livable wage (which cannot and will not ever exist as minimum wage, since the price of living goes up as a direct result of minimum wage going up, since manufacturing and service costs also go up, and thus prices.. but maybe that's too much logic for a liberal) people will stop going to mcdonalds? Well that is likely true, since the price of mcdonalds will have gone up so much.. BUT if there are no customers, those mcdonalds workers will be unemployed, so how does THAT help anyone? This is why liberals play checkers, not chess.. cant think more than one move ahead.

  • A MFM

    Keep thinking those thoughts, it'll help when you get downsized and have to apply to McD's for a job. Am I a liberal? Do you know me? Then you would know that I play chess, have since I was 13. You're wrong about prices going up when wages rise. Here's the solution: provide a liveable wage (not a starvation wage) and CEOs can take less pay, no golden parachutes, and when they run the company into the ground, the CEOs can collect unemployment insurance. Here's the good news: They'd get the full amount! How's that logic?

  • A MFM

    And obesity PROMOTES diabetes. If a person eats bad food they should pay more for health insurance. They are a risk to everyone else.

  • Marie Noybn

    agreed, so give up the carbs or pay higher premiums. By the way, people on high carb diets tend to gain much more weight than low carb ones, so the cause of both overweight AND diabetes may be the carbs, rather than weight causing the diabetes, especially since there are many overweight people who do NOT have diabetes, and many thin ones who do, so while there is correlation, there is no proof of causation!

  • A MFM

    The article is not saying that we should starve the poor to improve their health! And it must be only the very poor, those on SNAP, who can't spend their food dollar on fast food. The working-poor are struggling to keep food in their mouth. In the EU, many food additives and other threats to health are prohibited to save on health costs, since everyone is paying for it. Here in the U.S. we hopefully will adopt the same policy regarding Obama's health plan.

  • Nokota

    If you watched the whole video, he never once says that it is healthy, and he says that a good diet would optimally include lots of fruits and vegetables in addition to the meat, which should have more variety. He also says that people who are a little thicker actually live longer because thinner isn't necessarily healthier. Please pay better attention before you make these remarks.

  • Nokota

    His point is that legally he is classified as obese in this country. The fact that a man who appears only a bit pudgy is classified as such makes it plain that there is something wrong with the way our country is treating this "problem", which is being blown way out of proportion...

  • Nokota

    Whole grains ARE better for you than, say, white bread. But the fact of the matter is, we need far less of them than we have been told to be healthy.

  • cyberfrank

    very funny and instructive!

  • Lucie

    A lot of the information in this movie, makes sense, but not everything. I weigh 103 pounds. I've been like that for about 12 years now ( with small changes between summer and winter. I also gain a little bit 11 lbs when I moved to France, because of the change of my diet, but now I have adapted to it, so I'm 103 again) I can tell that what you eat is not as important as how much you eat. My mother and a woman that I work with at the bakery are obese. There are patterns that I observed in both of them. Both will make me do stuff that they can do themselves: "Bring me this!" is the most common. So with my colleague I will normally walk twice the distance, she does in the same 8 hours day, I will bend to get the things from the lower shelves for her and so on. Because I don't mind doing "her job" too, since we work together, I lost the 11 lbs and she gained 22 lbs. (I'm not kidding). On the other hand if I or my father are around my mother, she won't even get up form the chair.

    I have also observed those two women eating habits and I catch myself thinking "My God if I was eating that much I wouldn't be just fat I would look like whale". They eat around 2 to 3 times more then I do. And they eat all the time. They will put something in their mouths every 30 min. ( a mini donut, a pice of bred, a small cake, a bar of chocolate... )

    But can they get thinner if they go on a diet? NO! Beeing obese is a life stile. Making exercises 30 min a day is good, but it does not compensate for the live choices we make. The transportion we choose ( do we walk, do we take the public transport, do we drive), how is our home aranged ( do we need to go get something or everything is in a hand range). Are fat people aroun me lazy? YES!

    People are predisposed to beeing fat or thin, but thin people eat less and move more. Is that relative? I DON'T KNOW!

  • Magnus Thunderson

    what a load of crap saying fast food is ok as a fast food meal have over 100 ingredients mostly lab created and HFCS is simply not been studied why ADD shot up so much since 1985 which convent is when HFCS took over sugar and if HFCS is so safe why it totally banned in baby food

  • seriatim

    Right - who is paying this guy i wonder ….not!!