In Defense of Fat – the documentary

This looks really interesting. A new documentary called “In Defense of Fat – Rethinking the Bad Science Eating at America’s Health” is just starting pre-production. The plan is to – among other things – interview a number of people including Mark Sisson, dr Robert Lustig… and me. This movie could possibly make a significant difference.

Here’s the thing. The producers need to raise money to help them start production. They need combined pledges of $50 000 in 30 days (in portions as small as $1) otherwise this attempt at funding will fail. Completing that mission should be difficult but not impossible. Here’s how it’s going:

I decided to help out. Check out my pledge: 

My pledge: $50


For $50 I get an exclusive DVD with extra content, among other things. Plus a good feeling in my gut.

But wait… you only have to pledge $1 (one dollar!) to be a part of this. And if the $50 000 funding does not happen it will cost you nothing.

It’s time to change the world. Will you help out?

Read more and help fund In Defense of Fat


I have no financial interests in this.


  1. Paula Williams
    Just sent $15 ... wish it was more but it's something. Everyone please share this on FB and any other social media you belong to. GREAT idea!
  2. I really hope she reaches her goal. I shared the kickstarter link on my FB fan page to help spread the word. Last year, I started a petition about this very subject,
  3. Laura
    Hi there
    I know this is not quite relevant to this present thread and i apologise but teh BBC news are running an article today about giving statins to HEALTHY people because a new study publisehd in the Lancet shows that even very low risk patients can have their life expectancy improved by taking statins....see link here!!
    I am horrified by this. I ahve read extensively about statins and how aggressively drug companies are marketing them they stand to make MILLIONS if teh British NHS decide implement the advice....I msut read the article

    Here read below a quote from a certain Prof Coling Baigent: "One of the researchers, Prof Colin Baigent, told the BBC: "We've been taught over the years that high cholesterol is the thing that matters; you mustn't have high cholesterol."But what we've actually learned is that, whatever your level of cholesterol, reducing it further is beneficial.

    "Whatever your level of risk, the benefits greatly exceed any known hazard."

    I'd love to know how much money he is getting from teh statin pharma companies.....we are a very sad lot! For a few bucks we gladly sell professional principles, ethics and the lot..I wodner if Prof Baigent takes statins himself..grrrr

  4. Laura
    On this thread I would like to ask a question...are all fats the same in their energy releasing power and potential for weight gain?
    From a personal experience I have found rather strangely that the fats from plants especially nut and seed oils/butters are more fattening than lard etc.
    When I first went paleo I renoucned nuts completely for 4 months. I ate a lot and probably reached 100gs of carbs a day (fruit and veg only occasional teaspoon of honey) and my weight did not budge. Recently I tried Atkins but dairy free and upped my olive oil and introduced some low carb nuts/seeds (walnuts, sesami paste, macademias etc) and I have put on 4 kg in a month. I was and am astonished by this as I thought fruit with all its fructose would be more fattening(I was gorging on fresh and dried fruit with no probs) than seed oils but if I view my body like a machine trying to register nutrient/energy levels then the outcome of forsaking fruit nad adopting nuts is weight gain. Oilve oil in particular I think makes me fat! But my evidence is only circumstancial and based on my experience.
    Could it be that not only a calorie is not a calorie but also we cannot bunch togetherfood types in broad categories such as macronutrients. I mean we know that within the carbs sugars especially in liquid concentrated form are worst for fat gain than starches. Within the lipid group could be the same and plant lipids might more readily stored as fat.
    Volek and Phinney in their low carb book identify a specific type of fat something palmitoleic I think as the main component of adipose tissue fats in humans.Not surprisingly this fat is common amongst plant fats even in avocados where it is the main imagine eating avocadoes (and this is another recently addition to my diet that coincided with weight gain) you are providing the body with fats in ready storage format....could that be an issue...?
    I wonder & ponder.....
  5. Zepp
    Here is a good explanation!

    "We’ll begin with long-chain, saturated fats (LCSFA): myristic, palmitic and stearic acid. These fats are found mostly in the milk and meat of ruminant animals like cattle and sheep. They form the core structural fats in the body, comprising 75-80% of fatty acids in most cells, and they’re the primary storage form of energy for humans. In other words, when the body stores excess energy from food for later use, it stores it primarily as long-chain saturated fat."

    "This means that, assuming you are metabolically healthy, you can eat as much saturated fat as you’d like without adverse consequences. I’m sure this will come as a surprise to many of you, since we’ve been collectively brainwashed for 50 years to believe that saturated fat makes us fat and causes heart disease. If you still believe this is true, watch these two videos and read all of the articles in my special report on cholesterol, fat and heart disease.5

    Verdict: eat as much as you’d like. The majority of the fats you consume should be LCSFA."

    You know.. when our bodys convert carbs to fat, it does moste palmitic acid!

  6. Laura
    Hi zepp
    & thank you. I should say I am not at all a fat-phobic and I ahve embraced fats very happily but I have gained 5 kg in jsut over 4 weeks (from going paleo in january and having lsot 3.5 stones initially)..this gain is a LOT and very fast!!!! and all since including avocados (Hass lower carb type) and nuts walnuts and sesame paste. and increased my oilve oil in salads (I use lard and cocnonut oit for cooking). whass'up?
    I am jsut worried that if eat a lot of fats that are already in teh form that is stored in teh body could it be that perhaps in some of us this simply encourages direct storage? I was leaner in January when I literally gorged on fresh and dried fruit (depsite Prof Cordain's word on limiting the latter) and my weight would not budge! but now I am on a slippery slope and 5kg have put my BMI already in the overweight category!! (I was a happy 69 now I am 74kg!!!)
    I post this link about weight regain in people who dieted successfully independetly of the diet type and the theories as to why this whould happen.
    Also I ahve noted that in all the diet studies reported in the medical literature including LCHF where partcipants have been followed for more than 12 months there is a weight regain in some cases quite substantial...see also recent post on this very blog....something is up!
    I still firmly believe that LC/paleo style is the healthies way and i am not NEVER going to give it up but it is hard to recreate the nature-imposed seasonal shortage of foods..I think this is the main challenge to healthy eating now even primal food is tooooo readily available.
    chubby me logs off thanks again zepp! : (
  7. Zepp
    As Chriss do explane is that the matter of diferent fat acids is there healt aspects!

    And what he doesnt spoken about is that that there is hormones that decide whats gonna be stored and whats gonna be relived from storage and used as energy.

    For exampel.. if you eat an meal and your blood sugar risen, then Insulin cuts of fatoxidation, and lipolysis in fat stores, and in some part even trigger Lipase to store some fats.. and this do it even what fatty acids you eats.

    You know, the moste of digestible part of your meal goes to storage, and shall do, becuse you cant have all that energy in your blood.

    And then.. the moste important thing is how it is relesed when it should to provide energy and boulding material.

    And that is managed by hormones.. not perticaly by different fatty acids, they have other implications on your healt as Chriss did explaned.

  8. BA
    Am I getting the wrong impression, or does the intended underlying message of this film seem to be some sort of "fat-acceptance"? If so, I have serious concerns with the presentation, despite having a very positive opinion of all the expert authorities she intends to interview.
  9. Paula
    Yes BA If you're reading the DietDoctor's website you should already be accepting that Fat is Good for You! Sugar/carbs are the bad guys. How can you "respect" her sources if you don't respect their conclusion that fat is indeed good for you?
  10. BA

    That's not what I'm talking about at all. I personally eat ketogenically, so frankly you're preaching to the choir.

    That is what I am referring to.

    "Fat acceptance" has nothing to do with making a claim about dietary fat, of course dietary fat is good for you!

  11. Paula
    I'm sorry BA, from you response I inferred that you were against dietary fat ... ??? since you had serious concerns with her presentation.
  12. Galina L.
    Laura, many people who loose weight on LC diets, at the beginning have a successful weight-loss by only counting their carbs, then they often reach the weigh-loss plateau or even start regaining weight, and have to figure out how to modify their diet. Most complain on the nuts and too much cream preventing them from reaching their goals, some overdo butter, also nut-based LC deserts cause some to regain lost weight . I have been following a LC diet myself since November 2007, and I noticed that now I also have to pay more attention to the amount of all food I eat and avoid snacking. My food is high in fat, but I eat two small meals a day. Nuts are a disaster every time I try. You are the only person who can figure out how different foods affect you, what works for another person, may not work for you the same way. You gained a lot of weight for one month, return to your previous regiment and see what happens. It you continue to have problems with your weight, start to increase intervals between meals without snacking in-between, then experiment with the amount of your food. Yes, carbohydrates cause release of insulin, but so does eating of food to some degree, eating huge meal even LC cause so called "Chinese buffet effect" (the therm invented by Dr. Bernstein) . It is ridiculous to think that fat has no nutrition value at all, it is not the equivalent of wood shavings. It is not necessary to put too much fat everywhere just for heck of it.

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