80 thoughts on “Fat Head On YouTube — The Legit Version

  1. Miriam

    So do you get paid each time it’s watched on YouTube? If so I’ll gladly watch it repeatedly and spread the link around for others to watch (since we don’t get Hulu here and I don’t think Netflix has it available in Canada).

    If it’s the legit version on YouTube, yes, each viewing should generate a payment.

    I believe Fat Head is on Netflix in Canada. That’s another story about the den of thieves … Gravitas put Fat Head on Netflix in the U.S., where it did quite well. I asked our (ahem) international distributor to put it on Netflix in Canada, reminding them that it was popular in the U.S. Oh, sure, we’ll get right on that, they told me. Nothing. No follow-up. Six months later Gravitas, thinking they had North American rights as opposed to U.S. rights, put it on Netflix in Canada. The den of thieves then noticed and demanded Gravitas take it down so they could take that market for themselves. Oddly, no revenue from Netflix Canada ever showed up in their reports. I guess they just gave it to Netflix in Canada for free.

  2. Miriam

    So do you get paid each time it’s watched on YouTube? If so I’ll gladly watch it repeatedly and spread the link around for others to watch (since we don’t get Hulu here and I don’t think Netflix has it available in Canada).

    If it’s the legit version on YouTube, yes, each viewing should generate a payment.

    I believe Fat Head is on Netflix in Canada. That’s another story about the den of thieves … Gravitas put Fat Head on Netflix in the U.S., where it did quite well. I asked our (ahem) international distributor to put it on Netflix in Canada, reminding them that it was popular in the U.S. Oh, sure, we’ll get right on that, they told me. Nothing. No follow-up. Six months later Gravitas, thinking they had North American rights as opposed to U.S. rights, put it on Netflix in Canada. The den of thieves then noticed and demanded Gravitas take it down so they could take that market for themselves. Oddly, no revenue from Netflix Canada ever showed up in their reports. I guess they just gave it to Netflix in Canada for free.

  3. Daniel

    Thank you Tom. I am going to show this to my friends (those who can understand english at least ).

  4. Steve

    Tom,

    Youtube has a way in which you can claim ownership of illegally uploaded videos, and thus claim the revenue generated by them. I read about this recently where a bunch of news stations were claiming copyright on NASA videos because they had used them in their reports.

    I’m not sure the method of claiming your video, but it may actually be beneficial to claim the illegal copies rather then have them taken down, it may increase the likelihood of the movie being seen and thus revenue paid out to you.

    Good luck, and thanks for the effort and sacrifice you put into it! I’ve watched it a number of times on Hulu and have forwarded the link to many family and friends!!

    Gravitas appears to have it covered.

  5. Bushrat

    Tom I tried to view the video and it tells me that I need to sign in because the video is not rated. Screw that. I have no need to sign upto youtube and can go without it if they are going to be so maternalistic. I am not the only with this view and I suggest that you try and give it a PG rating so that others (especially those still eating USDA style) can see this video without having to dance through Google/youtube’s hoops.

    We never got a rating because the film wasn’t released in theaters. I’m not sure how to get a rating, but I’ll look into it.

  6. Steve

    Tom,

    Youtube has a way in which you can claim ownership of illegally uploaded videos, and thus claim the revenue generated by them. I read about this recently where a bunch of news stations were claiming copyright on NASA videos because they had used them in their reports.

    I’m not sure the method of claiming your video, but it may actually be beneficial to claim the illegal copies rather then have them taken down, it may increase the likelihood of the movie being seen and thus revenue paid out to you.

    Good luck, and thanks for the effort and sacrifice you put into it! I’ve watched it a number of times on Hulu and have forwarded the link to many family and friends!!

    Gravitas appears to have it covered.

  7. Bushrat

    Tom I tried to view the video and it tells me that I need to sign in because the video is not rated. Screw that. I have no need to sign upto youtube and can go without it if they are going to be so maternalistic. I am not the only with this view and I suggest that you try and give it a PG rating so that others (especially those still eating USDA style) can see this video without having to dance through Google/youtube’s hoops.

    We never got a rating because the film wasn’t released in theaters. I’m not sure how to get a rating, but I’ll look into it.

  8. Deborah M

    Being very irritated to discover that the copy of Fathead I bought on Amazon didn’t earn you anything, I now have it playing on youtube, sound muted! (I have to work, can’t sit and watch right now). Horrible to read – on your last post – of all the ways you were cheated out of your well-deserved earnings on Fathead. I hope one day you’ll be able to report to us that your earnings from sales on the website and through hulu etc have finally enabled you to break even on your investment!

    Thank you.

  9. Deborah M

    Being very irritated to discover that the copy of Fathead I bought on Amazon didn’t earn you anything, I now have it playing on youtube, sound muted! (I have to work, can’t sit and watch right now). Horrible to read – on your last post – of all the ways you were cheated out of your well-deserved earnings on Fathead. I hope one day you’ll be able to report to us that your earnings from sales on the website and through hulu etc have finally enabled you to break even on your investment!

    Thank you.

  10. Gretchen

    So did the “illegitimate” version get taken down from You Tube? I hope so!

    It’s gone, yes.

  11. Rebecca Latham

    I have Fat Head on my blog with the link to Hulu, but you have to find it in a post. A better idea would be to put it in my sidebar so that it is visible at all times with no searching. I’ll get to that later today.

    Thanks for all you do, Tom. Even if it was unintended charity work at times!

  12. Rebecca Latham

    I have Fat Head on my blog with the link to Hulu, but you have to find it in a post. A better idea would be to put it in my sidebar so that it is visible at all times with no searching. I’ll get to that later today.

    Thanks for all you do, Tom. Even if it was unintended charity work at times!

  13. Marilyn

    Deborah M: “Being very irritated to discover that the copy of Fathead I bought on Amazon didn’t earn you anything. . .”

    My thoughts exactly!

  14. Marilyn

    Deborah M: “Being very irritated to discover that the copy of Fathead I bought on Amazon didn’t earn you anything. . .”

    My thoughts exactly!

  15. sondacop

    I just ran the first part 3 times (do you get revenue from that 3x?) The advertisements were for some sugary cake, sweet tea and diapers. Not in the market for any of those…

    I don’t know, but thanks for the effort.

    Cake? Ugh …?

  16. sondacop

    I just ran the first part 3 times (do you get revenue from that 3x?) The advertisements were for some sugary cake, sweet tea and diapers. Not in the market for any of those…

    I don’t know, but thanks for the effort.

    Cake? Ugh …?

  17. Dina

    Great that you now can earn something from it and great that we can watch and spread it!
    Will definitely link to it from my site, blog etc.

    Thank you.

  18. Dina

    Great that you now can earn something from it and great that we can watch and spread it!
    Will definitely link to it from my site, blog etc.

    Thank you.

  19. Rose

    Hi,
    Just watched your movie. I liked it a lot, but I disagree w/you that food is not addicting. I find sugary food (ice cream, cake, sweets in general), to be Highly addicting. I’d have to include in that: french fries & even diet soda (I know, because I crave diet soda, although not as much as cakes, candy or regular soda. I think diet soda is ok for me if I have it in very small amounts, w/seltzer water mixed in).
    I have had a very bad time for most of my life, staying away from fast food & sweets. I used to binge on Both. Both are highly addicting for me.
    At the end of your move, the wife of Dr. Eades says that if Morgan Spurlock had gone back to eating fast food, he would have lost his extra weight much more quickly than being on a vegan diet – But – she added that this would mean eating a hamburger sans bun, not eating the fries & probably having a diet soda, as opposed to a regular one. IF you eat that way at a fast food joint, that’s akin to doing Atkins Induction &/or a Ketogenic diet, which is what I am following.
    But it’s Not the same, at all, as eating the way one Typically eats at fast food places, w/burgers w/buns, big orders of fries, sodas & milk shakes.
    I LOVE that this movie fights the Vegetarian & Vegan myths that are crammed down our throats so much!
    However, I have another point, about government regulation. It’s not a bad thing, necessarily. In your movie, you note that when you were a kid, you wanted to eat at McDonalds every day. Your mom wouldn’t let you. That’s great, but also: as a kid, you didn’t face the intensity of advertising that is now ubiquitous. You also didn’t have as much fast food to chose from, as a kid, nor were portion sizes at fast food places as big as they now are. I also think parents & schools are just serving more bad food to kids. I’m not sure what the answers are but there ARE differences from when you (& I) were kids to the food environment of today.
    Still, you overall point that saturated fat is NOT bad is a very important message that we can’t hear Enough of today! I also think that temperance movements usually don’t work, as you showed in your movie. Trying to outlaw something won’t work. But kids are more gullible to advertising – that’s why cigarettes aren’t advertised to them. Some form of regulation where kids are concerned might be a good idea, for sure, & also getting out the message that it’s Carbs, not FAT, that does so much damage, especially sugary carbs.
    Thanks for reading this & for making a very Informative, fun movie & a Great counterpoint to Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me.

    I agree that sugar and refined carbohydrates are addicting. But Spurlock tried to make the point that McDonald’s specifically is addicting. It’s like trying to blame an alcohol addiction on your local tavern. People don’t become addicts because McDonald’s exists; addicts go to McDonald’s because it’s one the places they can feed their addiction. As studies of obese people have demonstrated, the obese consume just as much sugar whether the nearest McDonald’s is a mile away or 50 miles away. If there’s no fast-food restaurants nearby, they simply feed their addiction with sugary foods from the local grocery store and consume just as much of it. Spurlock also made the mistake of claiming to be addicted, then showing his joy at being able to stop eating the stuff once his month was over.

    Kids can see all the advertising they want; they still can’t drive themselves to McDonald’s and eat french fries without Mom or Dad taking them there and buying the stuff.

  20. Rose

    Oh, I see what you are saying, I think – Spurlock targeted McDonalds Specifically. Is that it? My point is just that ANY kind of fast food has been addicting for *me*. I can’t speak for everyone. Fast food always made me feel like crap afterwards, too. Which, btw, is why I can appreciate the concept of both feeling like crap from eating something – AND being addicted to it. There was never a binge I had when I didn’t feel like crap – AND continue to binge (once the fullness & some sickness wore off). I binged like a madwoman. Bad food did that to me. As for kids & parents & bad food, Dr. Lustig says that the kid patients he sees often have parents who are Also addicted to the stuff. Makes sense to me. What I know is this: I WAS NOT ABLE TO STOP BINGING – until I started eating very low carb, high fat & high protein (I guess). I don’t track my #s, I just follow the keto diet guidelines of the types of foods to eat. I don’t have the patience for tracking & can’t &/orwon’t do it, even if under threat from gigantic, fire-spewing lizards. I just can’t do it!!! At any rate, high fat foods also often contain high protein, except heavy cream. I LOVE heavy cream. Gary Taubes once was kind enough to return an email to me & he said I could have trouble w/heavy cream, but I need it in my caff/1/2 caff coffee. High fat takes away a lot of my desire for sweets – thank GOD! Since April 2011 – no sugar! UnFreakin’BELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! I’ve lost 54 pounds. Well, a question for you: do you think the ketone urinalysis strips are really not so good to use? I’m on a budget. I’d like to buy a blood ketone tester – the one you link to looks good – but the strips are expensive, whereas I just bought 100 urine ketone strips for about 15.00 at Walmart. I like your blog & have been going through it, as best I can w/a mind that gets rather easily distracted & a head that is suffering from what feels like rather bad allergies. Thanks for all the great info! I’ve been very VERY ill for most of my life & now I am better & I am free from the binge monster. I hope this continues. The hell of addiction is very awful & I never liked or was helped by any 12 step stuff. I was only helped after reading Gary Taubes’ article: “Is Sugar Toxic”. Finally, something clicked, after years of ill health & much weight gain. Your movie – I hope it is seen by LOTS of people! Sorry for all the comments, also; I tend to write a lot.

  21. DJ

    Well if Mr. Johnstone (aka Durainrider) can get money from his YouTube videos, I don’t see why the same couldn’t be true of you, Tom.

    Fathead is indeed on Netflix in Canada, as that is where I originally found it and still watch it from time to time.

    Gravitas is collecting on my behalf for their YouTube upload.

    Yup, the den of thieves put it on Netflix in Canada. I guess they didn’t charge a fee, since no Netflix revenue has ever shown up on their reports of large and growing losses.

  22. DJ

    Rose, Mr. Spurlock did indeed (as most anti-fast foodies do) target McDonald’s. While McDonald’s is by no means the only fast food restaurant around, it is generally recognized as the symbol of the industry… even though they were bumped out of their number 1 spot recently. Still, most people like Spurlock believe that if they take down McDonald’s, the fast food industry as a whole will be doomed.

    It’s all the same food, served up a little differently depending on the restaurant. Which means it’s all addicting; no matter which one you choose.

  23. Rose

    Hi,
    Just watched your movie. I liked it a lot, but I disagree w/you that food is not addicting. I find sugary food (ice cream, cake, sweets in general), to be Highly addicting. I’d have to include in that: french fries & even diet soda (I know, because I crave diet soda, although not as much as cakes, candy or regular soda. I think diet soda is ok for me if I have it in very small amounts, w/seltzer water mixed in).
    I have had a very bad time for most of my life, staying away from fast food & sweets. I used to binge on Both. Both are highly addicting for me.
    At the end of your move, the wife of Dr. Eades says that if Morgan Spurlock had gone back to eating fast food, he would have lost his extra weight much more quickly than being on a vegan diet – But – she added that this would mean eating a hamburger sans bun, not eating the fries & probably having a diet soda, as opposed to a regular one. IF you eat that way at a fast food joint, that’s akin to doing Atkins Induction &/or a Ketogenic diet, which is what I am following.
    But it’s Not the same, at all, as eating the way one Typically eats at fast food places, w/burgers w/buns, big orders of fries, sodas & milk shakes.
    I LOVE that this movie fights the Vegetarian & Vegan myths that are crammed down our throats so much!
    However, I have another point, about government regulation. It’s not a bad thing, necessarily. In your movie, you note that when you were a kid, you wanted to eat at McDonalds every day. Your mom wouldn’t let you. That’s great, but also: as a kid, you didn’t face the intensity of advertising that is now ubiquitous. You also didn’t have as much fast food to chose from, as a kid, nor were portion sizes at fast food places as big as they now are. I also think parents & schools are just serving more bad food to kids. I’m not sure what the answers are but there ARE differences from when you (& I) were kids to the food environment of today.
    Still, you overall point that saturated fat is NOT bad is a very important message that we can’t hear Enough of today! I also think that temperance movements usually don’t work, as you showed in your movie. Trying to outlaw something won’t work. But kids are more gullible to advertising – that’s why cigarettes aren’t advertised to them. Some form of regulation where kids are concerned might be a good idea, for sure, & also getting out the message that it’s Carbs, not FAT, that does so much damage, especially sugary carbs.
    Thanks for reading this & for making a very Informative, fun movie & a Great counterpoint to Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me.

    I agree that sugar and refined carbohydrates are addicting. But Spurlock tried to make the point that McDonald’s specifically is addicting. It’s like trying to blame an alcohol addiction on your local tavern. People don’t become addicts because McDonald’s exists; addicts go to McDonald’s because it’s one the places they can feed their addiction. As studies of obese people have demonstrated, the obese consume just as much sugar whether the nearest McDonald’s is a mile away or 50 miles away. If there’s no fast-food restaurants nearby, they simply feed their addiction with sugary foods from the local grocery store and consume just as much of it. Spurlock also made the mistake of claiming to be addicted, then showing his joy at being able to stop eating the stuff once his month was over.

    Kids can see all the advertising they want; they still can’t drive themselves to McDonald’s and eat french fries without Mom or Dad taking them there and buying the stuff.

  24. Rose

    Oh, I see what you are saying, I think – Spurlock targeted McDonalds Specifically. Is that it? My point is just that ANY kind of fast food has been addicting for *me*. I can’t speak for everyone. Fast food always made me feel like crap afterwards, too. Which, btw, is why I can appreciate the concept of both feeling like crap from eating something – AND being addicted to it. There was never a binge I had when I didn’t feel like crap – AND continue to binge (once the fullness & some sickness wore off). I binged like a madwoman. Bad food did that to me. As for kids & parents & bad food, Dr. Lustig says that the kid patients he sees often have parents who are Also addicted to the stuff. Makes sense to me. What I know is this: I WAS NOT ABLE TO STOP BINGING – until I started eating very low carb, high fat & high protein (I guess). I don’t track my #s, I just follow the keto diet guidelines of the types of foods to eat. I don’t have the patience for tracking & can’t &/orwon’t do it, even if under threat from gigantic, fire-spewing lizards. I just can’t do it!!! At any rate, high fat foods also often contain high protein, except heavy cream. I LOVE heavy cream. Gary Taubes once was kind enough to return an email to me & he said I could have trouble w/heavy cream, but I need it in my caff/1/2 caff coffee. High fat takes away a lot of my desire for sweets – thank GOD! Since April 2011 – no sugar! UnFreakin’BELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! I’ve lost 54 pounds. Well, a question for you: do you think the ketone urinalysis strips are really not so good to use? I’m on a budget. I’d like to buy a blood ketone tester – the one you link to looks good – but the strips are expensive, whereas I just bought 100 urine ketone strips for about 15.00 at Walmart. I like your blog & have been going through it, as best I can w/a mind that gets rather easily distracted & a head that is suffering from what feels like rather bad allergies. Thanks for all the great info! I’ve been very VERY ill for most of my life & now I am better & I am free from the binge monster. I hope this continues. The hell of addiction is very awful & I never liked or was helped by any 12 step stuff. I was only helped after reading Gary Taubes’ article: “Is Sugar Toxic”. Finally, something clicked, after years of ill health & much weight gain. Your movie – I hope it is seen by LOTS of people! Sorry for all the comments, also; I tend to write a lot.

  25. DJ

    Well if Mr. Johnstone (aka Durainrider) can get money from his YouTube videos, I don’t see why the same couldn’t be true of you, Tom.

    Fathead is indeed on Netflix in Canada, as that is where I originally found it and still watch it from time to time.

    Gravitas is collecting on my behalf for their YouTube upload.

    Yup, the den of thieves put it on Netflix in Canada. I guess they didn’t charge a fee, since no Netflix revenue has ever shown up on their reports of large and growing losses.

  26. DJ

    Rose, Mr. Spurlock did indeed (as most anti-fast foodies do) target McDonald’s. While McDonald’s is by no means the only fast food restaurant around, it is generally recognized as the symbol of the industry… even though they were bumped out of their number 1 spot recently. Still, most people like Spurlock believe that if they take down McDonald’s, the fast food industry as a whole will be doomed.

    It’s all the same food, served up a little differently depending on the restaurant. Which means it’s all addicting; no matter which one you choose.

  27. Christian

    I did not know that about Netflix in Canada (where I live), but have watched it on Netflix in the US several times (have a VPN to access the superior overall content of the American version).

    Good luck Tom, really hope you make as much as you can from your brilliant documentary. Have spread the word!

    Thank you.

  28. DJ

    Sorry to hear that you’re not seeing any revenue from us Canucks using Netflix, Tom. Any chance that will change now that the den of thieves is no longer in business?

    Two different companies. Morningstar, our original DVD distributor, went bankrupt. The den of thieves is our supposed international distributor. They are, unfortunately, still in operation.

  29. Christian

    I did not know that about Netflix in Canada (where I live), but have watched it on Netflix in the US several times (have a VPN to access the superior overall content of the American version).

    Good luck Tom, really hope you make as much as you can from your brilliant documentary. Have spread the word!

    Thank you.

  30. DJ

    Sorry to hear that you’re not seeing any revenue from us Canucks using Netflix, Tom. Any chance that will change now that the den of thieves is no longer in business?

    Two different companies. Morningstar, our original DVD distributor, went bankrupt. The den of thieves is our supposed international distributor. They are, unfortunately, still in operation.

  31. Rose

    I just checked the price 4 blood ketone strips, including doing a search for cheaper ones. Ahem. Prohibitively Expensive!
    I’m sticking w/the ketone strips for urinalysis.
    What I wonder is – and if anyone knows, please let me know – is this: the strips
    show varying stages of purple for me, but I think that as my body gets used to
    using ketones – and after a year doing a keto diet, it Should be used to using them
    by now – then the strips will – or should – show less purple, as the ketones are
    being “taken up” by my blood & not showing in the urine anymore.
    Honestly, I’d Love a blood ketone tester, but the strips have to be continually purchased to use the thing & the strips are crazy expensive.

    The urine strips don’t accurately reflect the level of ketones in your blood. As you become keto-adapted, you burn the ketones for energy instead of excreting them in the urine.

  32. Rose

    DJ,

    I’ve nothing against good fast food, per se. For instance, there is a grilled chicken to be had at KFC that is keto friendly. Sometimes you are out on the road & need a meal. I think pressure should be put on fast food places to give better quality food, however. I think McDonalds doesn’t use trans fats anymore. That’s the kind of pressure I am talking about. Not the pressure to try to shut them down completely. (Which won’t work, anyway).

  33. Rose

    Thank you, Tom, for your helpful reply re: Ketosis. I think I will just have to muddle through, as best I can, eating as carefully as I can. I’m low carb but not Zero carb.. I assume that since the sticks for urine show varying hues of purple 4 me, then I must be in some kind of ketosis. The Holy Grail – as it were – of full keto adaptation may never be mine. I will never truly know, anyway, as I just don’t have the $$$ for those expensive blood keto strips. I might try a few days of zero carb – or as close as I can get to it – to see if my energy gets better. It’s certainly improved & that can only be a good thing! 🙂 (& if, someday, the keto sticks show no purple, maybe that will mean I am Finally keto adapted)….

  34. Rose

    I just checked the price 4 blood ketone strips, including doing a search for cheaper ones. Ahem. Prohibitively Expensive!
    I’m sticking w/the ketone strips for urinalysis.
    What I wonder is – and if anyone knows, please let me know – is this: the strips
    show varying stages of purple for me, but I think that as my body gets used to
    using ketones – and after a year doing a keto diet, it Should be used to using them
    by now – then the strips will – or should – show less purple, as the ketones are
    being “taken up” by my blood & not showing in the urine anymore.
    Honestly, I’d Love a blood ketone tester, but the strips have to be continually purchased to use the thing & the strips are crazy expensive.

    The urine strips don’t accurately reflect the level of ketones in your blood. As you become keto-adapted, you burn the ketones for energy instead of excreting them in the urine.

  35. Rose

    DJ,

    I’ve nothing against good fast food, per se. For instance, there is a grilled chicken to be had at KFC that is keto friendly. Sometimes you are out on the road & need a meal. I think pressure should be put on fast food places to give better quality food, however. I think McDonalds doesn’t use trans fats anymore. That’s the kind of pressure I am talking about. Not the pressure to try to shut them down completely. (Which won’t work, anyway).

  36. Rose

    Thank you, Tom, for your helpful reply re: Ketosis. I think I will just have to muddle through, as best I can, eating as carefully as I can. I’m low carb but not Zero carb.. I assume that since the sticks for urine show varying hues of purple 4 me, then I must be in some kind of ketosis. The Holy Grail – as it were – of full keto adaptation may never be mine. I will never truly know, anyway, as I just don’t have the $$$ for those expensive blood keto strips. I might try a few days of zero carb – or as close as I can get to it – to see if my energy gets better. It’s certainly improved & that can only be a good thing! 🙂 (& if, someday, the keto sticks show no purple, maybe that will mean I am Finally keto adapted)….

  37. Susie

    I just (legally) finished watching this documentary and feel compelled to write. Although I agree (and am a follower) of a low carb diet rich in vegetables, animal fats, and whole foods- the way you present some of these facts is contradictory:

    -You talk about how it is every humans natural instinct to crave animal fat, but as you are saying this you are eating a McDonalds cheeseburger. There is nothing natural about a McDonalds cheeseburger. This message may have been more influential if you weren’t consuming a highly processed, low nutrient dense food simultaneously.

    -You talk about the dangers of vegetable oil (which I agree with) but soybean oil (a vegetable oil) is used frequently in McDonalds recipes as well as many other fast food restaurants.

    -You chastise skewed statistics and generalizations, and yet make the claim that “overweight people live longer than healthy weight people.” This seems like a skewed generalization to me.

    I understand and genuinely appreciate what you were trying to prove, especially as a Nutrition student who is also frustrated with claims and recommendations made by organizations such the American Heart Association, and who has been following many principles addressed in your documentary (minus the fast food). However I wish that you had not included fast food, for people are impressionable and may misunderstand your message. I wholeheartedly hope that in your second documentary you focus more on similar aspects as in part two of your documentary, for you have the influence, power, and attention from the public to really make a change, and I hope you take full advantage of this.

    P.S.- In your canola oil vs. vegetable oil blog entry, you state that canola oil has “monosaturated fats.” They are called monounsaturated fats.

    Argh, thanks for the correction on monounsaturated. Our natural instinct is to crave fat, which I agree can lead us to enjoy fats that aren’t natural. Trans fats tasted good because our taste buds confused them with saturated fats.

    I don’t recommend that people live on fast food and I actually eat very little of it, especially now that I’ve dumped wheat from my diet. I think for people who do eat fast food, it’s important to understand that it’s the sugars and refined starches that do the most damage, not the “artery clogging saturated fat” they’re warned about.

    People considered overweight but not obese by the CDC’s definition of those terms do indeed have longer lifespans. Given that merely being muscular can put a person in the BMI > 25 category, it’s not surprising. My current BMI is 26, which puts me in the “overweight” category, but nobody who’s seen me lately would call me fat. To reach the middle of the “normal” BMI category, I’d have to lose nearly 30 pounds. Cancer might do that to me, but not healthy weight loss.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090623133523.htm
    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/study-tips-scales-the-other-way-overweight-people-live-longer-20090618-cm13.html
    http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201001282087/media-statements/adding-weight-calls-bmi-revision
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3317338/Fitness-not-fat-determines-life-expectancy.html

    I would not suggest that anyone try to get fatter to live longer, of course. I think what those studies are telling us is that to be considered “normal” by the goofy BMI standard, you have to be on the skinny side (as opposed to merely being not fat), which may not be so good for your long-term health.

  38. Susie

    I just (legally) finished watching this documentary and feel compelled to write. Although I agree (and am a follower) of a low carb diet rich in vegetables, animal fats, and whole foods- the way you present some of these facts is contradictory:

    -You talk about how it is every humans natural instinct to crave animal fat, but as you are saying this you are eating a McDonalds cheeseburger. There is nothing natural about a McDonalds cheeseburger. This message may have been more influential if you weren’t consuming a highly processed, low nutrient dense food simultaneously.

    -You talk about the dangers of vegetable oil (which I agree with) but soybean oil (a vegetable oil) is used frequently in McDonalds recipes as well as many other fast food restaurants.

    -You chastise skewed statistics and generalizations, and yet make the claim that “overweight people live longer than healthy weight people.” This seems like a skewed generalization to me.

    I understand and genuinely appreciate what you were trying to prove, especially as a Nutrition student who is also frustrated with claims and recommendations made by organizations such the American Heart Association, and who has been following many principles addressed in your documentary (minus the fast food). However I wish that you had not included fast food, for people are impressionable and may misunderstand your message. I wholeheartedly hope that in your second documentary you focus more on similar aspects as in part two of your documentary, for you have the influence, power, and attention from the public to really make a change, and I hope you take full advantage of this.

    P.S.- In your canola oil vs. vegetable oil blog entry, you state that canola oil has “monosaturated fats.” They are called monounsaturated fats.

    Argh, thanks for the correction on monounsaturated. Our natural instinct is to crave fat, which I agree can lead us to enjoy fats that aren’t natural. Trans fats tasted good because our taste buds confused them with saturated fats.

    I don’t recommend that people live on fast food and I actually eat very little of it, especially now that I’ve dumped wheat from my diet. I think for people who do eat fast food, it’s important to understand that it’s the sugars and refined starches that do the most damage, not the “artery clogging saturated fat” they’re warned about.

    People considered overweight but not obese by the CDC’s definition of those terms do indeed have longer lifespans. Given that merely being muscular can put a person in the BMI > 25 category, it’s not surprising. My current BMI is 26, which puts me in the “overweight” category, but nobody who’s seen me lately would call me fat. To reach the middle of the “normal” BMI category, I’d have to lose nearly 30 pounds. Cancer might do that to me, but not healthy weight loss.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090623133523.htm
    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/study-tips-scales-the-other-way-overweight-people-live-longer-20090618-cm13.html
    http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201001282087/media-statements/adding-weight-calls-bmi-revision
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3317338/Fitness-not-fat-determines-life-expectancy.html

    I would not suggest that anyone try to get fatter to live longer, of course. I think what those studies are telling us is that to be considered “normal” by the goofy BMI standard, you have to be on the skinny side (as opposed to merely being not fat), which may not be so good for your long-term health.

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