This is probably my last post of 2018, barring some pressing announcement. Consider it a little Christmas present to me from a reader. It’s another example of why the trolls and the haters (and the rogue Wikipedia editors who want to cleanse Fat Head from the historical record) just don’t matter to me. They never have.
Someone will leave a venomous one-star review of Fat Head on YouTube and, I suppose, think I’m going to be psychologically wounded. Hardly. I don’t read the reviews, negative or positive. (My daughter Sara sometimes reads the one-star reviews and laughs out loud.) When I receive an email from a hater, I laugh it off. I simply don’t care … because of emails like this one:
Hi Mr. Naughton,
Several years ago I encountered Fat Head the Movie and watched it, thinking I would get an amusing counterpunch to the silly “Supersize Me” documentary. I got that, thanks to you.
But then there came a scene that takes place inside the human body–the scene where you explain the actual mechanics responsible for fat storage. That scene changed my perspective forever.
Your documentary sent me on a journey to read some of the books you recommended, after which point I finally discovered a diet I could stick to. I enjoy the diet with minimal pain, but with a profoundly healthy effect on my waistline. That’s also thanks to you.
I recently sat down to watch your speech Diet, Health, and the Wisdom of Crowds on YouTube and it hit me: if it wasn’t for you taking the time to explain how insulin works–a scene that opened my eyes to a completely new universe in which weight loss was possible–I would probably still be struggling to eat low-calorie, low-fat, and hitting my head against a wall.
So I had to send you an email and tell you: I’m currently in the best shape of my life. I’m not counting calories, but I am clipping new notches in my belt. And I can trace my newfound fitness back to that moment in your documentary, and not a moment after it or a moment before it. You’re the one who opened my eyes to the truth about fat and carbohydrates that changed the possibilities for me forever.
Thank you, Dan. When I began working on Fat Head, I also expected it to be an amusing counter-punch to Super Size Me, and not much more. But the film kept evolving as I began to understand just how screwy the standard dietary advice is. I thought that advice deserved a counter-punch as well. I hoped people would be amused and learn a few things. I never expected to receive emails like yours, but they’ve been showing up since 2009. And every one of them is a gift.
So thank you – all of you. Happy holidays to you and yours, and have a fabulous 2019. I’ll see you in January.