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Fatboy: The Movie (DVD Review)

10 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem

Street 1/20/09
$24.99 DVD
Rated ‘PG-13.’

Miles Forman has a weight problem. But so does most of America, with dire potential consequences.

As rates of adult-onset diabetes in children are on the rise, we are told in Fatboy, 65% of Americans are overweight, spending $40 billion per year on diets.

Some blame the food industry for manipulating nutritional information. Others focus on drug companies wanting to classify obesity as a disease, so they can make money creating a magical pill to stop it. One doctor blames obesity on a lack of love and self-respect.

Miles might fall under the latter. He tells a tale of woe about wanting to make his mother proud of him by losing weight.

Fatboy: The Movie functions somewhat as a Super Size Me in reverse. The cameras follow Miles on his weight-loss adventure. Miles takes boxing lessons. Miles tries Atkins. Miles gets chewed out by his doctor. Miles hires a personal trainer. Miles gets a colonic. Miles celebrates losing his man-boobs.

Miles’ ex-girlfriend fears he’s not serious about weight loss and is doing it only for the documentary. She might have a point. Nearly every time he’s on camera talking about his diet, Miles finds himself munching on snacks.

Sandwiched between Miles’ journey are interviews with various health-care professionals and other people affected by various diet fads. This is an epidemic that affects everyone in one way or another, making this film both relatable and inspirational to the average viewer.

If there’s a lesson in all this, it’s that the keys to healthy living aren’t found in a box, but simply exercising and eating better.

The DVD includes a few extra scenes and a heartfelt commentary in which Forman further discusses his motivations for making the film.

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