Category Archives: Competitive Eating

What does science suggest about the health risks of competitive speed eating?

I watched the annual Nathan's July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest this year, in which the champ Joey Chesnut consumed 54 hot dogs and buns (over 15,000 Calories) in 10 minutes.  Some observations: The majority of the eaters appeared to be thin (some very) in good shape.  I know little about how these people "train" for eating competitions, but I suspect (as the study below suggests) it is mostly a practice of extreme self-control. I have never heard of any warnings to health of competitive Read more [...]