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The dark side of competitive eating

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(Reuters) A student at Dayeh University in Taiwan died in a university binge-eating contest after devouring two buns filled with rice and cheese. Witnesses say the 23-year-old vomited before passing out and ultimately dying at the “Big Stomach King” contest. The university’s dean of student affairs, Huang Te-hsiang, said the student had participated in the contest in the past with no problems. The student was in good health, and was described as tall and strong. Taiwan’s education ministry is starting an investigation to get more details about the incident. In the meantime, all campus-based eating contests have been halted.

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The dangers of competitive eating

Health Journal
This article in Health Journal, put out by Web Directory, points out some of the potential issues associated with the growing popularity of eating contests. It explains how competitive eaters have to train extensively in order to create room in their stomachs for a massive amount of food, and also to ensure that they build enough muscle to burn off the food they eat. Eating contest spectators do not see the amount of training that goes into these events, and attempts to imitate professional eaters can lead to severe weight gain and other health consequences.

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Competitive eating records

Major League Eating
This page is a list of records that have been achieved by members of the Major League Eating association. This group aims to create a safe environment for eating contest participants and an enjoyable experience for fans. Some of the records are astounding, and included on the list are Joey Chestnut, who ate 103 hamburgers in eight minutes, and 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes; Sonya Thomas, who consumed 80 chicken nuggets in five minutes; and Takeru Kobayashi, who devoured 57 cow brains in 15 minutes.

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World record hot dog eating video

YouTube
This video shows Joey Chestnut beating the record for eating the most hot dogs in 2007. Chestnut managed to beat former champion Takeru Kobayashi’s record of 53 hot dogs in the same amount of time. Competitive eating has gained much popularity in recent years, and is televised on several network stations. No one can really pinpoint what the fascination is, but the events are bringing in big audiences. ESPN televises the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, seen in this video, every year on the 4th of July.

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Top ten competitive eating contests

TravelHacker
TravelHacker, a website that offers hints and information for travelers has put up this list of the best competitive eating contests. The list highlights the growing popularity of binge-eating competitions among Americans, as the contests outlined on the list all take place within the U.S. Tourists can travel the country to find competitions on both coasts, featuring contestants eating any and all types of food. This list is a must have for anyone interested in competitive eating who is planning a trip to the States any time soon. Links are provided for each event so interested spectators can find out more about individual contests they might like to attend.

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How to win an eating contest

WikiHow
This wikiHow page, put together collaboratively by users of the site, outlines how to go about winning an eating contest. The tips include several safety suggestions, including the importance of consulting a physician beforehand, exercising regularly, not starving oneself, and never force-feeding oneself in order to win, as this can lead to choking or suffocation. Someone who’s thinking of entering the world of competitive eating should probably not take this site too seriously. However, the hints do help gurgitator wannabes realize the important role that health and safety play in eating contests.

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