Fat Head vs. Super Size Me
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The movie "Fat Head" is annoying me! While I have my own opinions about the movie "Super Size Me" with Morgan Spurlock, one thing must be made clear: if the makers of "Fat Head" are going to make a movie criticizing another movie, they need to make certain that they quote them clearly and accurately! It is all well and good that the movie basically says that people have a choice to make with their nutrition but don't preach against another movie and then, in an effort to prove the movie is wrong, do things halfway or not at all. For example, Spurlock went all out and did not hold back on things while Tom Naughton, the writer, director and main character, withheld carbohydrates and even exercised.
Anyone can tell me that "Fat Head" shows the potential of a life lived on fast-food and that it can yield positive results. However, I only wonder what does that prove when it's also proven that too much excess of such foods have adverse effects elsewhere in the body such as brain and kidney due to too much sodium? It is a proven fact that the majority of our fast food restaurants serve food that is filled with sodium because of processing. The movie spent so much time focusing on fat, sugar intake and cholesterol that they omitted the issue of sodium. Funny thing is that if they focused on that issue as well, perhaps they would have understood a little more about what Spurlock was trying to ultimately prove - that too much of anything can turn into a bad thing, whether or not it was originally meant to be good.
Bottom line for me is this - no matter what documentary, reality or fictitious program comes across our television screens, there will ALWAYS be some professional, some curious person and someone perpetuating doubt in diet trends. Therefore, we must do what we know to do: 1) Know our numbers and do our best to be in the normal range; 2) Understand that what may work for one person may work against another so patience and acceptance in the sharing of information is required and 3) Using our bodies to disprove another's thought or theory is ridiculous, especially if it runs the risk of harming ourselves. We must learn that sacrificing ourselves in that manner does nothing for the person we are trying to disprove. In fact, in trying to disprove them, we may be creating an issue within our own bodies that would not have been there had we understood what it requires to disprove someone may mean the destruction of our lives. Therefore, in my opinion, take what you know to be true for you and do it. If you know that eating out more than twice a week hurts your metabolism, then don't do it. If you know that dairy works against your digestive system, then cut it out of your diet. If you know that red meat isn't good for you and you're a carnivore, find a better choice that will satisfy your needs.