Book Review: Fat Head Kids by Tom Naughton

When you first get a little curious about the LCHF way of eating, there are a few documenteries you are very quickly told to watch. Probably the first one I ever saw was Fed Up with Katie Couric and while I really enjoyed it because it did a great job of laying the issues with sugar, it didn’t do a very good job of offering the solution, namely to eat more fat.

The first one I ever saw that did a really good job of laying out both the  problem and the solution was Fat Head by Tom Naughton.  Not only was it informative but Tom was very careful to present the information in a very entertaining way.  He has a background in comedy so that served him well.  I’ve included the documentary below if you would like to watch it, it is definitely time well spent.


As entertaining and informative as it was, I have often thought that there needed to be a way to dumb down the info even more.  Not that people are idiots or anything but sometimes you just need to go really slow because the idea that “heart healthy grains” are bad and saturated fat is good can be such a mind-blowing concept that you just need to make it as basic as you possibly can.

That’s why I was really excited when a new book showed up in my mailbox promising to do just that.  That book is Fat Head Kids also by Tom Naughton and it does exactly what it promises, namely makes the big idea of what a healthy diet is and how our bodies respond to food and explains in a way that a kid could understand it.

The author uses a metaphor of the human body as the spaceship Nautilus throughout to explain what happens when we eat food.  The Nautilus is designed to work most efficiently with a certain kind of fuel (fat) and while it can process other types of fuel (carbs) it doesn’t really prefer that fuel as it causes several issues with the engine and other internal processes within the ship.

The book also explains that in recent years we have changed our fuel supply.  We have gone from eating a lot of meat, eggs and other sources of fat and protein to eating a lot of processed grains and sugar.  It’s this new type of fuel (called FUD in the book) that is causing our bodies to put on weight and get bigger over time.

This is a great book to give to a kid (Probably as young as 10 through teenage years although I’m 40-something and found a great read) who is interested in how the body works, especially if it a kid that has been struggling with their weight.  I can attest that the worse possible time in life to be overweight is when you are in school surrounded by other kids because kids can be cruel to anyone but especially the fat kids.  It would have been nice if someone had explained to me why I was overweight and what I could do about it 30 years ago.

Hopefully someday this book will be turned into a short film like Fat Head was (I have it on good authority that is the plan) bit for now, pick up a copy of Fat Head Kids by clicking here and checking it out for yourself.

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