Fat Head Kids: Stuff About Diet and Health I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age
by Tom Naughton
Many of you have seen Tom Naughton’s hilarious documentary Fat Head; now you can get a thousand laughs from Fat Head Kids, written with teenagers in mind (but just as interesting for adults) and delightfully illustrated by his wife Chareva Naughton. In it you will ride on the amazing space ship The Nautilus (your body), piloted by Mr. Spot, the ship’s science officer (your brain) with help from medical officer Dr. Fishbone and chief engineer Marty Metabolism. Dr. Fishbone explains that if you give your ship less fuel, especially less fat, Marty Metabolism just slows down the ship’s metabolism.
As in his documentary, Naughton takes aim at the dietary guidelines, which today encourage us to eat processed food—food incapable of fueling your ship. Back in the 1940s, the U.S. Government recommended “protective foods,” namely eggs, butter, meat and whole milk, and just two servings of starchy food each day. The food industry soon took care of this sensible advice, and today we live on the Planet of the Preposterous Pyramid, eating industrial fats and oils that do a lousy job of keeping our space ship healthy and strong. They cause the build-up of visceral fat in the liver, and this fat produces chemicals that convert testosterone into estrogen—something every teenage boy should know. There’s lots more for them to learn in this delightful book. Thumbs UP.