Tuesday, 14 August 2012


I honestly think at least one eating competition should be in the Olympics, I don't just mean those silly eating competitions where you have to eat a banana the fastest. I mean like a serious eating competition like for example the "Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest" which is held annually  on every July 4.

Some foods where they have competitions for;
hamburgers, hot dogs, pies, pizza and even whole turkeys.
Whole turkeys? Wow, imagine eating a whole turkey, I reckon I would be full for ages if I  attempted to eat a whole turkey especially in 15 minutes. I reckon if I did, i would feel traumatized about turkey eating and would never eat turkey again.

Personally I think an eating competition should be an Olympic sport as it is different and yes eating is a sport. It is also known as competitive eating or speed eating. And yes like any other sporting events people who join eating competitions train for the event to. Surprising right?
Some competitors in eating events train several months before the competitions in order to increase their stomach capacity and eating speeds. Stomach elasticity is usually considered the key to eating success.

Some ways competitors train is drinking a lot of water over a short period of time in order to stretch their stomach to the max. While others drinking up to 6 liters of water whilst eating low calorie foods such as vegetables. Others chew a whole lot of gum just to strengthen their jaw muscles.
I honestly think this process of training is dead scary, as many things could go wrong during your few months of training.

Competitions  last usually for about 8-15 minutes. A world record for most hot dogs eaten is 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes. That's crazy. And in that time the competitors must eat as much food in front of them. Like any other sport there is also a commentator who to announce whats happening to entertain the audience. During professional matches there are also judges who weigh the contestants plates at the end to see who's eaten the most. The person with the least amount of food is the winner.

Wouldn't this sport be interesting? I certainly think so. I believe that the IOC should at least consider putting this sport up in the Olympics in the future. Although I don't think this sport will be ever considered due to its dangers and risks that could happen due to this sport.


Melissa said...

How fun would that be to watch!

I saw something on TV about this and the guy who won actually did intense training and was quite muscular - the opposite of what I thought someone good at this would look like.

Great to see that you included your references.

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