Did anyone see Nightline last night?

by (9796) Updated March 03, 2011 at 2:55 PM Created March 02, 2011 at 1:00 PM

What did you think? I just watched a clip on youtube and I liked it. I thought it was a positive portrayal (except for the fat-phobic nutritionists), but wish they could've touched on the fact that a lot of people are going paleo to heal gut problems, etc.

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154 · March 02, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Ok, as much as I heart Robb for his boyish good looks, changing my life etc. I just felt that there was too much focus on cross fit. Crossfit seems rather extreme to the average couch potato.... I think more emphasis should have been put on why grains are not a part of our diet, and that saturated fat is not the demon that it is made out to be (in our humble educated opinion of course) Otherwise always neat to see Paleolithic lifestyle get some attention in main stream media

55320 · March 02, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I'm a little disappointed that the only women talking were those dim-witted nutritionists. It came across as a diet for men.

440 · March 02, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Overall I think it was positive for the Paleo world. It introduced the word "Paleo" to many viewers new to the concept and it featured Robb Wolf's book, a good starting point into Paleo living. Someone today is researching Paleo for the first time because of that tv spot.

307 · March 02, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I thought it was excellent, though the dimwitted nutritionists discussing low fat was a cringe point for me as well. It's almost as if they were brought on as an afterthought, as a way of lending credence to this wild'n'crayzee caveman eating thing. If so, good on them because I think ultimately they did more good than harm. After nearly 60 (or is it 70?) years of wholesale media blitz against fat, lipophobia is going to be an uphill battle. I don't think it'll take too long to reverse that. Though certainly it will take more than one segment on Nightline, even a very good segment.

My reaction after watching the entire thing surprised me - I actually felt proud that I'm part of this. There are certainly tons of super smart paleo folks who weigh in every single day with everything from lectures to workshops to books to blog posts to conversations on forums like this one. But usually when big media takes a stab at trying to explain it I end up frustrated because they bungle it up and entirely miss the point. I didn't feel that way this time. I wasn't expecting that and it surprised me. Robb and Art did a tremendous job. They are both naturals and can talk about this in an easy accessible way to most folks. I'll be interested in seeing what Robb says about this. I would like to see an interview with Melissa next! :)

12048 · March 02, 2011 at 2:28 PM

why is it that every diet has to have a celebrity endorsement? charlie sheen shacking up with "the goddesses" notwithstanding, there are very few celebrities i'd want to model any part of my life after...

4983 · March 03, 2011 at 10:29 AM

One of the nutritionalists had this wild look in her eyes that seemed to be screaming "FEED ME SOME FAT" !! I actually thought both Robb and Art Devany came across really well and charming, shame there was no female spokes person in the VT but oh wells. I suppose the publicity was good, as long as anyone doesn't get a hand on my grass fed beef ;D survival of the fittest and all that, I will fight you for it....

1293 · March 02, 2011 at 9:16 PM

It was good and it's going to reach more people BECAUSE the mainstream nutritionist types they had on there didn't knock it.

Times are changing! There's an article today's NY Times about coconut oil NOT being bad. What a remarkable turnaround from just a decade ago.

BTW, Art has that quivery lower lip deal that old people sometimes have.

13583 · March 02, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Overall I thought it was pretty good. They have to throw in some counterpoints so they can call it "journalism." They should have mentioned Robb's age also. I believe he's 38(?), but he looks 18.

4540 · March 02, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Here's the link:


I like it. I found Art to be hilarious.

Reporter: "You're not going to hurt yourself pulling your TRUCK?" Art: "It's easy. Yeah. Easy for me."

Of course they had to have conventional nutritionists doing damage control to smooth things over. "Sure, it can be healthy, as long as they eat tons of veggies and avoid fat by eating lean meat." I also can't stand the caveman gimmick on all these segments. The Flinstones references, the dinosaur backdrops, etc. But I suppose that's a good way to grab people's attention and hopefully get them to look further into the paleo way of life.

180 · March 03, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I cringe inside whenever these sorts of reports come out in mainstream media because there's no way that a five-minute segment can truly cover all the intricacies of Paleo living. This was a good one, for sure, but even so I have to agree with fellow commentators above in that it didn't talk nearly as much as it should have about WHY it works.

The mainstream media echoes a lot of the problems I have in talking about this stuff with people - the complete and utter emphasis on weight loss as the reason to go "on a diet." I recommended the Paleo diet to an internet forum friend who's looking to bulk up and get healthier, only to be told by other forum members that his height and weight were fine and that he didn't need to go on a diet because his weight was okay. Sigh.

I'd liked to have seen Nightline talk more about disease prevention and gut/intestinal issues; how wrong conventional wisdom is about nutrition and exercise (or at least mentioning the disagreements between Wolf/De Vany and conventional nutritionists); the real issues with wheat, corn, and grain intake in general; and things like that.

I mean, how hard would it have been to hear Wolf and De Vany present counterpoints to the 'lean meats' arguments of the two nutritionists they interviewed? That would have made for a much more compelling piece (and more informative, too!).

88 · March 03, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Fred Flintstone clearly didn't live Paleo. ;)

555 · March 03, 2011 at 5:56 AM

I was pleasantly surprised. I wish we got the word out there on fats being good, but perhaps that would've been too much for ABC to handle in one night :P

I thought ABC was actually quite positive about Paleo, and except for the "nutritionists", didn't feel like it was being portrayed as a fad diet.

And it's awesome that so many more people were exposed to the lifestyle.

600 · March 02, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Are there really nut job paleo dieters out there wearing bear skins and carrying clubs? All the primitive skills nut jobs I know eat SAD or grain based hippie diets.

428 · March 02, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I agree. Nutritionists tell people to avoid fat like the plague. It's pretty funny. They didn't really show or talk about people recovering from illness or anything. they just sorta portrayed it as a fad diet. But seeing the Crossfit trainer wear a Municipal Waste T-shirt made my day!

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