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01 August 2005 @ 03:13 pm
Eating contests.  
I recently witnessed a televised eating contest which, judging from what I can remember about the naming, is an annual hot-dog eating contest. Personally I was so revolted by this spectacle that I watched to see who won. The winner was a man who consumed 45+ hot dogs (and buns). (I think it was 45, I know for a fact is was more than 40.) This clearly takes it beyond the bounds of what could normally be viewed as a celebratory meal/feast.

Seeing it made me consider the opinion that such a contest should be disallowed and potentially considered a crime against humanity, though that is a very extreme side to take given the current state of the world. I believe such a contest offers no positive contributions to our society while condoning - even encouraging and rewarding - the following detriments:

1) Overeating.

2) Excessive waste of survival commodities. (Partially linked to #1 but not entirely.) Contrary to any marketing claims food is and always has been limited in availability.

3) Boasting to neighbors, continental and abroad, that there is enough food in this nation to fuel an eating contest while other countries suffer from famine.

While I do not blame Africa's famine (and problems leading up to it) on a yearly eating contest, I do consider such a contest to be reprehensible as well as entirely unnecessary. I would support outlawing them and wonder if you would, also.
psylence on August 3rd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
I wasn't aware eating was considered analogous to sport of any kind. Learn something new every day, I suppose.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on August 3rd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
I really wonder about some of ths stuff they show on ESPN also. Then again, one person's "sport" might not be so "sporty" to another.