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Monday, March 29, 2010

“Fat Head” - Now you know, Where’s the Beef?


At the movie site called EZTakes, you can download movies of different genres that you don't usually get to see. You can read the movie reviews I do for them here.

Below is my review at EZTakes of Fat Head. It is a documentary that eviscerates Spurlock's Super Size Me.

“Fat Head” - Now you know, Where’s the Beef?

Occasionally, I come across a movie I want to love even before I see it. Tom Naughton’s Fat Head is one of those. As a gourmand, it is certain that a movie that says you can eat all you want of what you like will be watched with fervor by those of us seeking justification for our love of meat in quantity.

Naughton starts by pointing out that the obese are not “obese.” Well most of them. The hype about the obesity “crisis” is hype. First he shows footage of morbidly obese, such as they show on the news when a new study saying whaleness is rampant is released. Then he shows an average looking person and points out that according to the studies, that man is obese. Now the man he is showing is himself, and though not skin and bones is hardly corpulent.

Then he goes on to the subject that got him notoriety. He infers, that Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame is a fraud. I’m choosing my words carefully, because there is one simple thing Mr. Spurlock can do and Tom and I will have to admit his bona fides. So Far, he has not done so.

Spurlock claimed to have eaten 5000 plus calories a day on Mickey Ds cuisine. Naughton claims it is near impossible to eat that much a day even at the Golden Arches. Spurlock’s rules were 3 Mickey D meals a day. Eat everything on menu at least once and supersize only when asked.

How’d it go? He was only asked to supersize 9 times. Tom calculates a day went thus,

Breakfast 770
lunch 1450
dinner 1360
total 3580

Now that’s not even 4,000 calories. A supersize day would bring it up to 4,270. Morgie’s nutritionist says he ate 5,000 per diem. What gives?

Well, your man can completely exculpate himself if he gives over his daily food logs. He steadfastly refuses. So is Morgie a fraud? Won’t say I know, but my guess, and Tom does not say this, is that Supersize Me was a good career move. Would you not be tempted to fudge it if you had a chance to be loved by the cool people? Not to mention make some moolah.

He also skewers Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). He never says it, but the term “pious fraud” came to my mind. The face of CSPI in the movie is the team of Michael Jacobson, who looks like he would stab his leg with a fork if he thought he was having fun, and Margo Wootan who does not look like she ever missed a meal.

CSPI thinks the fast food industry is evil and people are stupid. They are not shy about using the coercive power of Holy Mother State to make sure lumpen America live as they would have us.

Now deep down, why do Margo and Mikey do this? My belief is, it’s like Morgie, a good career move. Why eat tofu burgers in silence when you can make it a sinecure? This does not mean they are insincere. All fanatics mean it. Take it from me, monomania runs in my family.

Now we all know transfats are evil. Well, who pushed transfats in the first place? It was a CSPI jihad. Now that we know they are junk, who is suing KFC? CSPI’s motto should be eat nothing, die pure.

Naughton has a lot of fun in this movie, whether it’s standing by a McDonald’s entrance waiting to be forced to eat fast food or lampooning the lawyer who hates that McDonald’s provides free playgrounds in areas that don’t have any, and thus tempts kids.

Cutting out the high fructose drinks is something Morgie, Tom and I agree with, but the aspartame diet sodas are quite another. Aspartame is a trigger for my migraines, but c’est moi and maybe it makes him healthier.

So, yeah, I loved Fat Head. Then again, I believe bacon fat is the olive oil of the north.

Click here to download Fat Head.

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