Never had a fat problem with my split pea soup and ham/sausage. I don't think I've ever skimmed my split pea soup and I've been making it for nearly 50 years.
I use everything from ham shanks, smoked pork hocks, kielbasa, etc. Usually any hammy-, smoky-flavored meat. Split pea soup is real "soul" food in our house.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!