KAYLA MARTHALER, TRUMPET SENIOR NEWS WRITER
“FAT: A Documentary” explores, attempts and proceeds to debunk the widely-believed notion that fat is always bad. Vinnie Tortorich, a celebrity fitness trainer, speaker, podcast host and best-selling author of “Fitness Confidential: Adventures in the Weight-Loss Game” stars in the film.
Tortorich’s diet-based mantra addressed in the film is simple: cut sugar, limit grain and increase fat intake to manage weight easier and achieve additional health benefits.
Tortorich, along with numerous experts in the film, believe that by limiting manufactured sugars, or eliminating them entirely, and decreasing the amount of carbs, as demonstrated in the mainstream Keto diet, people will be healthier and live longer.
The film explored many dietary fads throughout history, such as the invention of veganism in the early 1800s, the 100% meat and fish diet of the Inuit in Alaska and the push for grain-heavy diets because of malnutrition after World War II, and how that has affected today’s current reality . Many were taught from a young age that fat is bad for weight loss, cholesterol level and all-around diet.
The film’s main purpose is to change the viewer’s mind about fat and it does an excellent job of achieving this. The film is filled with expert interviews and credible sources. It has a range of interviewees, from doctors and nutritional experts to people with successful health and weight loss journeys.
The film is incredibly convincing and makes the audience question previous dietary beliefs. “FAT: A Documentary” wants audiences to understand that they may have been given false information and to discover and do the testing themselves.
“FAT: A Documentary” makes the viewer feel confused, angry and possibly manipulated by the medical industry, but it also does an excellent job of making them feel empowered to make a change, contemplate and come to their own conclusions about health.