Film: Fat Head
You've been fed a load of bologna.A 2009 documentary created as a reply to Super Size Me. Since eating five thousand calories a day of anything would make anybody fat, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton began wondering if it was possible to lose weight on a fast food diet. To this end he crafted a diet with three main points:
- He has a functioning brain.
- He may only eat fast food for thirty days (cut short to 28 due to his doctor's schedule).
- He would consume two thousand calories a day or less and avoid going over a hundred grams of carbs a day as much as possible.
Fat head provides examples of:
- Captain Obvious: When one interviewee was asked whether she'd buy carrots if McDonald's sold them:"You don't go to McDonald's for carrots. You go to McDonald's for fries."
- Deadpan Snarker: Tomís wife when he asks her if his diet has changed their sex life."Are you a moron?"
- Fat Idiot: Attacks this trope forward, backward, and sideways. For one, he goes against the belief that fat people eat junk because they genuinely don't know what's good or bad for them (see Viewers Are Morons below), a belief that many of the food activists and fast food critics seem to operate on. Later on, he talks about the common knee-jerk reaction to blame a fat person for failing to lose weight when dieting, when more often than not, it's because the diet that person was put on just doesn't work.
- Felony Misdemeanor: A guy ordering a double cheeseburger? Sounds like a job for The Guy from CSPI!
- Fridge Logic: It's pointed out that in Super Size Me Spurlock was supposed to be eating over 5000 calories a day and that five thousand calories of anything would make you fat. Naughton tries at one point to come up with a five thousand calorie day using Spurlock's rules, and it takes two supersized meals (the option was never available for breakfast) and two desserts to even get close.
- Also brings up Spurlock's claims of McDonald's food being addicting, pointing out the claim came in between Spurlock's complaints of despising the food, and how he had absolutely no trouble quitting McDonalds's food, cold turkey, the moment his experiment was over.
- Fun with Subtitles: At one point there's a clip of the lawyer from Super Size Me claiming that it has to be McDonalds causing the obesity epidemic. The subtitles replace his (fairly tenuous) logic with It's All About Me (in particular, "hundreds of years" becomes "they don't have much money").
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: The obesity epidemic is actually because the parameters for who is considered overweight vs. obese was changed. Ethnic diversity also plays a role, with Africans and Hispanics more prone to heavier builds. He even noted that it took him several hours on a busy street corner to find a even a handful of shots of extremely heavy people.
- Limited Animation: "The Guy from CSPI" has no real animation. Characters slide and flip, but that's about it.
- Mind Screw: He shows that if your metabolism is low the energy you're getting from food may not be going straight to your cells, and you can still be starving at the cellular level. So your body is telling you you're hungry, despite that energy not being used. The end result means that instead of "You're getting fat because you're eating more" it is "You're eating more because you're getting fat."
- Precision F-Strike: One happens after the second experiment shows that Tom's cholesterol ratio improved after eating the "wrong" foods.Tom: When I think of all the times I had low-fat cereal when I really wanted bacon and eggs or a skinless chicken breast when I really wanted a juicy steak, well, it kinda pisses me off.
- Stylistic Suck: "The Guy from CSPI".
- Viewers Are Morons: The movie points out this is a driving factor in a lot of reform movements targeted at the fast food industry, so at one point Naughton interviews several people to reveal that the ability to recognize that fries and a cheeseburger is a high calorie meal is pretty much universal.