Friday, July 13, 2012

The start and end of my competitive hot dog eating career

Warning: Probably don't look at this post around meal times. Vegetarians be warned too.

Despite the fact that hot-dog eating contestants eat in one sitting enough calories for normal person's 10 days of calories, people still do it.

Now scientists have studied the effects on your body when you down 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes (blarf) by comparing a competitive eater with a regular guy (the control). The control could only stomach (ha) 7 hotdogs while the competitive eater managed to take down 36 in the same amount of time.

Some interesting things the research showed:
- competitive eaters might naturally be able expand their stomachs more than the average person, hence the ability to eat so many hot dogs at once
- you can stretch your stomach with pre-eating (hello every buffet)
- competitive eaters have started to weight train like elite athletes
- scientists speculate that the long term effects of competitive eating and stomach stretching could lead to morbid obesity, intractable nausea and vomiting, and even the need for gastric surgery

Bottom line: Science has confirmed this is a dumb-ass idea.

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