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Fat Head [DVD] [2009] [US Import]

Tom Naughton    DVD
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  • Directors: Tom Naughton
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Morningstar
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NRY6R2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,112 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Educated!! 21 Aug 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD is amazing, it explains how the government officials have conned us into an unhealthy lifestyle. It relates to refined carbs - and how they are the culprits of obesity as opposed to fats.

It is a funny dvd, yet lifechanging at the same time. It will make you start questioning what advice to believe. I bought this on the advice of Zoe Harcombe, Zoe's diet works on the same principles - that a diet high in protein and fats is better than a diet high in carbs and low-fat.

Please take the time to watch this dvd, its awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 101-level education 28 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
Excellent material to get people into questioning the conventional wisdom on health & nutrition and learn about other things such as the paleo lifestyle/evolution-based nutrition. This is also available for free as a promo on YouTube (it's so good you'll probably want to buy one or two copies anyways for yourself and friends) and he sells it on his site along with other things such as a Wheat is Murder t-shirt.

Tom Naughton also has a Fat Head blog which is very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat naturally 4 Mar 2012
Format:DVD
I bought the international version of this dvd from the Fat Head website.

It's really good, covering such subjects as why managing carbohydrate consumption is important to health, whereas limiting saturated fat isn't. The contention is that we've been fed a load of boloney by 'authorities' influenced by the food industry.

I think the buzzword is 'edu-taining' - well worth a watch to help make informed decisions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a look 14 Mar 2014
By Damian
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Amazing DVD, very funny and a real eye opener. Quite scary too, the way health 'professionals' have misinformed us for years. I changed my eating habits after watching this DVD and I have lost about 25lbs in 5 weeks! I can't tell you how much this has changed my life!
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114 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy-to-understand and funny explanation of nutrition 7 Feb 2009
By Scott A. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is funny and entertaining and amazingly informative. It has so many pieces of useful advice that it's hard to catch them all. Furthermore, it passes along this information in a way that got my wife's attention in a way that I hadn't been able to.

A year and a half ago I was 35 pounds overweight. I ate like the standard American. I finally decided to do something about it so I did some research on the Internet, trying to focus on the science-based research. Following the advice that I found, I lost that weight in 4 months and have kept it off ever since by continuing to follow the advice. This movie captured the basic idea of all that research: low fat is bad for you, low cholesterol is worse than high cholesterol for most people, don't eat high carb food.

He does the best job I've ever seen at disproving the lipid hypothesis which nearly every doctor and media outlet promote: 1) Eating high fat foods give you high cholesterol. 2) High cholesterol leads to heart disease. Well, he makes it really clear that both of these statements are false. It's shocking to anyone who has been fed these lines (lies) for year. He explains all of this in a simplified manner that is within reach of everyone.

The other points that he make extremely well relate to what it is that actually does cause heart disease and what we should do and eat in order to minimize our risk of getting it. Again, he's funny and informative. It's hard to believe that this combination can exist when talking about nutrition, but he does it.

I added this to my library so that I can heartily recommend it to my family and friends. I read (and loved) "Protein Power" by Eades & Eades, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Taubes, and the "Great Cholesterol Con" by Kendrick but not everyone is going to spend the time and effort to get through these books. However, this movie presents the highlights of these books in 100 easy-to-watch minutes. If you are intrigued after watching this movie, then I highly recommend those books. And if you were not intrigued, then you weren't paying attention. ;)
148 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie About a Serious Topic 6 Feb 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Fat Head" is simultaneously a send-up of Morgan Spurlock's "Supersize Me" and an expose' on the state of nutrition "science". Using humor and Pythonesque cartoons, Tom Naughton does a good job of tipping many sacred cows on the topic of nutrition, showing how the government, media, and special interests combined to yield the current situation: people are eating what's supposedly "healthy", yet are developing metabolic diseases like diabetes at an alarming and increasing rate.

The core premise of the movie is to revisit "Supersize Me", where Spurlock supposedly showed the evils of fast food by eating nothing but McDonald's for a month. Spurlock gained 25 pounds, was issued a variety of dire health warnings by his doctor, etc. Naughton turns this idea on it's head: he also ate only fast food for a month, but used his "functioning brain". Rather than just blindly eating whatever was available, he avoided those foods which science has shown contribute to metabolic problems like obesity, including sodas, french fries, too much bread, etc. The result? Eating nothing but double Big Macs and the like, he lost over 12 pounds in 28 days and his cholesterol went down. The expression on his doctor's face alone is worth the price of the DVD.

"Fat Head" is very funny and discusses the science of fat gain and loss in an manner which is easily understood. My kids (8 and 4) watched it with me, and they "got it". Get a copy and share it with your friends and family.
40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid points on an agenda-driven controversy 15 Mar 2011
By T. Nield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Some background on myself and my experiences before I review this: I'm 22, male, used to be overweight. I jumped from diet to diet misguided by my "research" that came from the USDA and other bureaucratic organizations promoting the agricultural commodities and vegan agenda. Finally, I am fit because I ultimately discovered the right dieting mix that emphasizes lots of protein (which comes with fat) along with fruits and vegetables. I try to avoid grains and starches, and I feel a ton better because of it. Bran, granola, and other "healthy low-fat" foods made me sick as a dog, overweight, and drained of energy. Despite careful deliberate dieting, I kept failing to my frustration because I was grossly misinformed.

It seems political correction has plagued our society on every level. Diets have become a subject overrun by PC advocates. "Animal fats are bad... why would you want to eat animals anyway?!?! McDonald's and other fast food organizations are bad... they make our children fat. Eat grains, soybeans, and bran. They're good for you and will help you lose weight!!!" Even if we don't believe such statements, it finds its way into our subconscious which is what the bureaucrats want. And when we follow these suggestions on a whole as society, we suddenly have epidemics of diabetes, obesity, depression, and other disorders. It's obvious the vegan-inspired pro-grain diet has failed and made things worse. The bureaucrats had to find a way to divert blame: direct hatred and blame towards fast food and continue to promote the pro-grain pro-vegan agenda. Fast food is by no means the healthiest food choice out there, but it cannot be held responsible for the obesity epidemic. It's a widespread misconception: fat=unhealthy, skinny= healthy. That cannot be farther from the truth. Thin people have heart problems if their diet sucks just like a fat person. Heart disease is not tied to obesity either.

There are far greater evils contributing to the obesity problem: sedentary lifestyles, grain/starch-based diets, misinformation provided to the public... blaming fast food for obesity is like blaming Canada for the Cold War. The relationship does not make so much sense when there are obvious culprits elsewhere that we are trained to overlook. This guy did after all lose a significant amount of weight eating at McDonald's... so while McDonald's may not be "healthy" it cannot be blamed for obesity. One must also consider that when he ate at McDonald's, he avoided carbohydrates and sugars (getting a hamburger with no bun, for example, and avoiding the fries). He aimed at ordering high fat/protein, low-carb options on the McDonald's menu. In other words, we only get fat at McDonald's when we support the agricultural commodity products that come from wheat and potatoes, which the USDA encourages us to consume heavily.

It's sickening that politicians will go to such extremes to misguide us and lead us off a cliff. In a hypocritical manner, they will blame corporations for being greedy at the expense of the public when in fact they are the ones trying to channel funds towards themselves and their cronies, while screwing the misguided public and feeding them myths.

This guy makes some very strong points. He can be strange at times... his humor can be a little corny. But it's impossible to ignore his analysis and arguments. I recommend viewing this because it may change your perspective on why we never win the obesity fight.

***UPDATE*** September 2011

I've been refining my diet a little bit and I want to share some new information. This past month I finally made a decision to completely remove ALL grains and refined sugar from my diet: no wheat, rice, bran, quinoa, sugar, etc. My only sources of carbs: blueberries, carrots, spinach, and broccoli... and some fruit here and there too. I also ate about three eggs each day cooked in butter each morning, and that keeps me from being hungry for five hours. For my 2pm lunch and 6pm dinner, I would eat a turkey burger wrapped in lettuce, spinach, tomato, and onions with some cheese. Some days I would have zucchini spaghetti with marinara and mozzarella. My caloric intake was surprisingly low despite my fat intake; about 1600 calories but I was never hungry.

My results were fantastic! Even though I ate no cereal, sugar, or "healthy" grain carbs, I had steady energy levels that did not bounce and crash. Critics say Atkins dieters crash a lot, but I think this is only because Atkins dieters forget to eat carbs in the form of blueberries, broccoli, carrots, and other low glycemic vegetables and fruits. I am doing a hardcore plyometric 2-month workout program called Insanity and I have more than enough energy to push through. I lost 8 pounds in just three and a half weeks. My body fat is dropping, and finally I am getting a noticeable six pack. I've been breaking all the politically correct rules of dieting, and it is paying off amazingly.

To summarize my advice, BE COMMITTED! You can't eat what you are supposed to eat WHILE eating what you're NOT supposed to eat. This diet is not an excuse to go all out and eat steak and eggs WHILE eating sugary crap. This takes work, and the "Fat Head" diet is not easy. I realized sugar and starches are like crack. They are addicting because they give short boosts of energy and when you crash, you want more. It takes a good week or two before the sugary Starbucks drinks or sodas look unappealing. I can't drink soda or sugary coffee anymore, it just doesn't taste good as it used to (black coffee is a great-tasting drink once you acquire the palette for it). When you get to that point, you will know you're eating right. You'll probably have to go cold turkey on the sugary crap. You're body will learn it does not like it.

You have to exercise in some form too. Our body is not designed to be sedentary for an entire day.

My last tip: Be sensible. Don't go crazy on the fat and use it as an excuse. Still monitor your calories and don't eat half a pound of cheddar cheese a day along with eight eggs. You might also find some foods are not for you. For example, soft cheeses make me gain weight. It's probably because the sodium makes me retain water, so I just don't eat it (there's little nutritional value in soft cheeses anyway). Butter, eggs, and almonds however, no problem! Buy a scale and measure your progress on a daily basis. Trends over just three days can give you early warning that what you are eating may not be working.

And finally, my disclaimer: This has worked for me, I don't know if this will work for everybody. I can't say one shoe size fits all, but if every other diet has failed you might want to give the "Fat Head" diet a chance.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lowered My Family's Collective Biologic Carbon Footprint :) 17 July 2011
By Bill Cory - Published on Amazon.com
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Review from WIlliam Cory, Author: Maybe You Should Write A Magazine!: Complete Guide: How to Write, Lay Out, Publish and Profit from Regional Special-Interest Magazines

I'd give this movie TEN stars if I could!

If you've seen "Supersize Me!," you MUST see this movie. "Fat Head," the movie, offers real science. Also, it does it without barfing. And, Tom (Our Hero) loses weight, and lowers cholesterol and overall bodyfat after one month of eating fast food! Of course, this astounds his doctor, who is shown confirming all of these losses in the film.

What's behind all this? Tom Noughton, the independent writer/producer/director/eater of the film, was considering a project about the diet habits of Americans and our obese-ness as a society. (Actually, only so if we go by US Gov't BMI statistics, which would have shown Ahnolt the Terminator to be obese the years he won Mr. Everything Muscly.) Anyway, while doing research, Tom viewed "Supersize Me!" and came away doubting that it was all completely true.

He decided to do just about the same thing that Morgan Spurlock did in "Supersize," with only a couple of adjustments. He would eat every meal at a fast food restaurant for a month, but he would not voluntarily gorge himself by robotically agreeing to buy "fries with that," or "supersizing, maximizing," or otherwising the carbohydrate (sugar, starch, white flour) "extras" he was offered. Also, he normally removed half the bun from his breakfast sandwiches and cheeseburgers, rejected fries, and only drank diet soft drinks and tea. He kept a complete record of everything he ate, and published it online (at his blog site [...] which is something nobody has been able to get Spurlock to do.

Noughton lost pounds while eating fast food, lowered his blood pressure, and lost body fat.

And guess what: MY FAMILY HAS DONE EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!! IN ONE MONTH!!! Ten pounds off me, three pounds off my daughter, and ten pounds off my wife (who has been trying for two years to lose ten pounds.) Nope, it ain't a diet. Nope, it ain't starvation. It's just the same thing Our Hero Tom did in his movie, which you will probably not believe: We INCREASED saturated and animal fats in our diets, CUT CARBS to 50 to 100g per day, kept daily calories at about 2000 or less, did not exercise additionally, and enjoyed every minute of the nice long-lasting satisfied feeling a small meal provides when it's not made up of a third of the government-suggested 300g of carbs per day. Also, my blood pressure is down. We all feel great.

This is the best non-diet eating thing I have ever discovered, and I can once again cook with coconut oil!

The info in movie could improve the health and eating habits of MILLIONS of Americans. It has already done it for MY family!

Watch the movie! Not only is it good for you, it's genuinely entertaining!

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Bill
64 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It took me 29 years, but I'm finally converted! 31 Mar 2009
By IbeforeJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I've been an avid follower of the low-fat diet craze ever since I started yo-yo dieting in college. After having my son 2 years ago, I was over 215lbs, so I turned to cutting calories and, in August 2008, I started Nutrisystem.

I've lost over 73lbs so far, but after seeing "Fat Head", I'm finally seeing the facts of low-carb diets and I'm off the Nutrisystem wagon. "Fat Head" is a funny and immensely informational documentary that goes into the "bologna" of the low-fat diet craze. Like many people in the US, we're told that fat (especially animal fat) is bad and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, have a piece of bread or a bowl of Special K. "Bologna" says Tom and I believe him!

My father died a few years ago from a heart attack at 55. He went on Atkins about 5 years prior and I remember comments afterwards like "there's no telling what that diet did to his system." Since I can remember though, my father also liked his large share of carbs and battled his love of food and his desire to lose that last stubborn 30lbs. After seeing "Fat Head", I can only now assume that all of those carbs he loved so much were the real culprit behind his heart disease- not the fact that he was on Atkins for 6 months.

Thank you Tom for making me see the light at 29, while I still have time to start making changes that will help insure I see 56.
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