New Film Questions Decades of Diet Advice About Saturated Fat
“Forget everything you’ve been told about fat.”
That’s the underlying message of a new film entitled Fat Fiction that has created quite a buzz in the world of low carb and beyond.
Earlier this week we talked about signing up to host your own screening of this epic movie in a theatre near you. Since then a lot has happened and we have had to respond to the evolution of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
After the premiere of Fat Fiction on March 13 in Los Angeles, and an incredibly successful screening March 14 at the Low Carb Denver 2020 conference, the film’s distribution was originally to have occurred through screenings in movie houses across the United States and in countries around the world through FanForce, an innovative online platform that allows film fans to bring films to theaters in their own communities.
Recent developments related to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, however, have called for a change of plans that will allow audiences to view this important film without congregating in large groups. Multiple online watch party-type screenings will be held through April with online Q&A sessions afterwards with some of the participants in the film. The film is also now available for rental or purchase on Amazon.
Theater screenings will still be possible after the group meeting restrictions for COVID-19 have been lifted.
Written and directed by Jennifer Isenhart, Fat Fiction is narrated by Dr. Mark Hyman, and features appearances by some of the most familiar names in the low carb movement, including Dr. Jason Fung, Nina Teicholz, Gary Taubes, Professor Tim Noakes, and LowCarbUSA® co-founder Doug Reynolds.
FAT FICTION questions decades of diet advice insisting that saturated fats are bad for us. Along the way, the film reveals misinformation we’ve been told about fats, what fats are good, what fats are bad, and what we can do to reclaim our health.
Visit the “FAT FICTION” website for more information.
“I grew up in the ‘low fat’ era,” said Isenhart, who spent more than a decade working as a news reporter and special projects producer for a network news station. “Like everyone else, I had it drilled into my mind that eating fat makes you fat, and that saturated fat will kill you. When I learned how little scientific evidence exists to support our nation’s own Dietary Guidelines, it first surprised me and then angered me. Fast forward 50 years and we face a staggering public health crisis, worse than big tobacco. As a filmmaker, I realized this topic had to be shared with the public.”
Fat Fiction has attracted a great deal of attention in the weeks leading up to its premiere. The film’s latest trailer was released recently, and in it several of the low carb experts featured delivered memorable lines:
“It’s hard to think of another policy that has caused so much harm, that has been so wrong.” said Teicholz, author of the New York Times bestseller The Big Fat Surprise.
“I think the food pyramid is great, if you’re standing on your head,” said Bret Scher, a cardiologist and lipidologist practicing in San Diego.
Professor Tim Noakes, author of Lore of Running pulled no punches with his assessment: “I think the low-fat diet is genocide.”
“This film has an important message,” said Reynolds, who traveled to Boise, Idaho to be a part of the film. “We heard that this film was focusing on some of the successes and solutions being seen as a result of patients being educated about the low carb way of eating. We saw an opportunity to spread the word about the important Clinical Guidelines we recently published.”
LowCarbUSA® took on the enormous role of managing this project, which involved collaboration with physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, public health experts, researchers, and others who contributed to the writing of the Clinical Guidelines for the Prescription of Carbohydrate Restriction as a Therapeutic Intervention, from 2018 until its publication in May 2019.
Several of the experts featured in the film serve on the board of advisors to this document. LowCarbUSA® hosts these Clinical Guidelines on its website, so it is available for practitioners to use in their practice, and for members of the public to be able to download and take to their health care provider. The document is currently translated into five languages.
“One of the most important things we hope will come out of this film is an increase in the number of physicians who are open to the low-carb conversation,” said LowCarbUSA® co-founder Pam Devine. “It’s devastating to hear a doctor say ‘I don’t know what to do to help patients with weight loss, and a disease that used to affect only the elderly—type 2 diabetes.’ We’re hoping more and more physicians begin to incorporate this into their practices.”
The Experts Featured in Fat Fiction:
Dr. Mark Hyman, Functional Medicine Doctor and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the UltraWellness Center and Chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Dr. Sarah Hallberg, Obesity Expert has reversed Type 2 Diabetes in hundreds of patients by ignoring the guidelines and prescribing a high fat, low carb nutrition plan.
Dr Jason Fung, Nephrologist and author of The Obesity Code, a book for reversing Type 2 Diabetes with LCHF and Intermittent Fasting.
Professor Tim Noakes, author of the Lore of Running.
Nina Teicholz, Journalist and author of the Big Fat Surprise.
Gary Taubes, Journalist and author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and The Case Against Sugar.
Dr. Rob Lustig, Pediatric Endocriniologist at University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Bret Scher, Cardiologist and Lipidologist practicing in San Diego
Dr. Eric Westman, Director of the Lifestyle Medicine clinic at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina
Dr. Brian Lenzkes, Internal Medicine Doctor
Jonny Bowden, Nutritionist and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth
Dr. Zoe Harcombe, phD obesity researcher who wrote her thesis on the lack of evidence behind the US Dietary Guidelines
Professor Andrew Mente, McMaster University and researcher on the PURE Study
Alyssa Gallagher, Registered Dietician, Certified Diabetes Educator at Humphries Diabetes Center in Boise, Idaho
Doug Reynolds, Founder of LowCarb USA
“Fat Fiction” Screening, March 15, at Low Carb Denver 2020
The Fat Fiction screening, held Saturday night in the main conference hall during the Low Carb Denver Conference, was one of the most highly anticipated elements of the conference schedule. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, with many attendees forming small groups in the conference hall after the film had concluded, and talking about the impact of the film, and the importance of getting it in front of both the medical community and individuals with metabolic disease.
“I thought it was absolutely compelling,” said Dr. Michael Eades, MD, one of the speakers at the conference. “There’s such an overwhelming amount of evidence as to the effectiveness (of the low-carb and ketogenic diet), I don’t understand why it’s not more widespread and I’m hoping that this film will help bring that about.”
“As a family physician, I really think that “Fat Fiction” is a great resource and a great movie, said Dr. Heather Pickett, DO, an attendee at the conference. ”I feel this is something I can give to my colleagues and I can also give it to my patients to watch. I think it touched on a lot of really significant issues. I am so excited to tell my patients about it.”
Another attendee, Raj Seth, said “I just saw Fat Fiction and I really enjoyed it. I’m glad we are getting more limelight on the Dietary Guidelines and the damage they have done. Hopefully the movement catches on and we stop killing ourselves.”
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