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May 09, 2016

Should Eating Competitions Be Banned?

“Ten! Nine! Eight!” As the crowd counted down last July 4, Matt Stonie shoved the last couple of hot dogs into his mouth. When the clock ran out, Stonie had won the 2015 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island in New York. He had wolfed down 62 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.

Millions of people watch contests like this one each year, where competitors eat everything from piles of chicken wings to tubs of baked beans. Most fans see these events as fun and harmless. Some people point out that many competitions are long-standing traditions. For example, this year will mark the 100th Nathan’s contest.  

However, many nutrition experts find the idea of these contests hard to swallow. They point out that many people are overweight, and contests like this make overeating look like fun. An adult man, on average, should eat no more than 2,800 calories per day, according to the U.S.  Department of Agriculture. Yet Stonie ate more than six times that amount in only 10 minutes.

Others argue that these contests are simply too gross to watch.

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