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Joey Chestnut Eats 68 Hot Dogs to Win July 4th Contest: Should Competitive Eating be Banned?

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Some individuals would argue that competitive eating is wasteful and may have adverse health issues for participants. On the other side, the amount of food wasted is minimal compared to what one U.S. family throws out on a daily basis. Further, some would say that competitive eating is purely for entertainment and is a tradition that has been carried on for years. Do you think competitive eating is OK? Or should it be banned due to health issues and waste?

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  • volley15 Clyde 2012/07/06 18:13:35
    volley15
    +1
    You can always go to the Feeding America website: http://feedingamerica.org/hun...

    You can also read more here: http://www.worldhunger.org/ar...

    Both give a good overview on the issue. Many people are using services provided. However, food banks are simply unable to keep up with the demand.
  • Clyde volley15 2012/07/06 18:30:33
    Clyde
    I can see that there are issues, but if the median family spends 27% more than a "food insecure" family, but they also waste 14% of that food and still are on average over eating, then it doesn't seem like that big of an issue. I'm sure there are exceptions, but considering all the government and private programs there is no reason for anyone to be hungry.
  • volley15 Clyde 2012/07/06 18:41:47
    volley15
    Part of the problem is most of the places to go and get food are off the beaten path. On the outskirts of the town/city and not often right in the center of it. Many people just don't know where to find them.

    This is also not including that many food banks have a limit to how much food you can get at one time and during the month. A family might be able to get enough food for their entire family to get three meals a day for three days, but it's limited to twice a month. That's less than a weeks worth per month. Spending the gas to go all over the city to regularly go to several different places pretty much defeats the purpose cause they are spending even more on fuel.

    Countless families make enough money to not qualify for food stamps, but what they make is STILL not enough to actually make ends meet and still below the poverty line. Mostly these are people who have been hit hard by the economy or been dropped by insures due to them having the "audacity" of actually getting sick, and now have half (or less) of the income they've had before or have a mountain of unexpected medical bills. And there are actually people who want to get rid of reduced/free lunches in schools, and food stamps, as well as many other programs that would actually help people! (And in the same breath see no problem with the waste of food that is eating contests.)
  • Clyde volley15 2012/07/06 19:17:59
    Clyde
    Well that is truly sad in this country, but banning contests is not the answer.
  • Wahvlvke volley15 2012/07/06 13:55:29
    Wahvlvke
    I know ... they are dropping like flies ... right in the street.
  • Bunk11 2012/07/06 03:41:37
    No
    Bunk11
    +1
    I think it's gross, but if other people want to participate or watch, that's their choice. If we're going to be a free society, then we have to allow people to do what they want so long as they don't harm someone else.
  • Clyde Bunk11 2012/07/06 13:54:26
    Clyde
    Welcome to liberal tyranny!
  • hgababu 2012/07/06 03:39:10
    No
    hgababu
    My reasoning: If they want all that crap in their body, they can have it. I'm also pretty sure that they sign waivers, so they take the responsibility for any health problems that they brought upon themselves in order to have a limited amount of fame
  • hgababu hgababu 2012/07/06 04:33:33 (edited)
    hgababu
    +1
    I have a story to tell. A lawyer was in his limousine on his way home for lunch, when he saw two homeless men eating grass. Seeing the strange sight, he told the driver to pull over, and he asked the men why they were eating grass. They replied, "sir, we are so poor that we cannot afford to eat anything but grass. The lawyer told the first man, "you can come to my house for some food", but the man told him that he has a wife and a child, so the lawyer told him that they may come along. He told the second man that he was also allowed to come, but this man stated that he had a wife and four kids, so the lawyer in his grace, told the man that they could come too. Even for this limo, it was a squeeze for them all. Once all in, the lawyer said, "You're going to love what I've got for you, because my grass is a foot tall!"
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2012/07/06 03:38:56
    Yes
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    +3
    Crap, i pressed the wrong button.
    there's nothing wrong with competitive eating, hell i won the county fair's pie eating contest one year!
  • Aquaduck Sailor ... 2012/07/06 03:57:13
    Aquaduck
    +1
    Fatass :P
    just kidding, congrats!
  • Pele Emerging 2012/07/06 03:35:49
    No
    Pele Emerging
    +2
    Banned? No. Encouraged? Also a big no. From an old-fashioned pie eating contest to the modern pig down as much as you can, I think competitive eating is wasteful and gross at best, and just downright stupid, but since when is being stupid against the law?
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/06 03:16:34
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    DISGUSTING, BUT THE CONTESTANTS HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO IT. ..THERE ARE FAR MORE CASES OF OF WASTE AND HEALTH ISSUES EVERYDAY IN OUR CITIES THAN IN THESE CONTESTS HELD A FEW TIMES A YEAR.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/06 03:14:12
    No
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    I have seen her on other things & she is a little thing it amazes me she can eat like that. But no, I don't think it should be banned. I don't know how any of them do it & not get sick though.
  • Mr. Wonderful 2012/07/06 03:11:05
    No
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    What I'm waiting for is one of these competitive eating morons to choke on the hot dogs or whatever they are shoving in their mouth and we get to watch some idiot gag to death.
  • hgababu Mr. Won... 2012/07/06 04:23:27 (edited)
    hgababu
    They're eating a hot dog and it explodes in their mouth and they die!
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/07/06 02:58:11
    Yes
    Inquisitve Kat
    It's a pointless waste of resources.

    Some 'freedoms' aren't worth protecting.
  • hgababu Inquisi... 2012/07/06 04:21:49
    hgababu
    They're the leftover hot dogs that are going to be thrown away, where nobody gets them.
  • Inquisi... hgababu 2012/07/06 06:25:01
    Inquisitve Kat
    Where is the proof for that?
  • The Libertarian 2012/07/06 02:51:57
    No
    The Libertarian
    Stupid people asking stupid questions like this should be banned.
  • mark 2012/07/06 02:30:53
    No
    mark
    +1
    Come on , gluttony , wastefulness , competitive , it's the American way. The only thing missing is the trash talk!!
  • hgababu mark 2012/07/06 03:40:27
    hgababu
    +3
    Don't forget the 24 packs of beer for each person an a shotgun!
  • gocar 2012/07/06 02:27:28
    Yes
    gocar
    disgusting. Fancy making a pig of yourself to win a contest?
  • hgababu gocar 2012/07/06 04:20:48
    hgababu
    What if you were a pig and someone said that? How would ou feel being made fun of? Pigs have feelings too you know.
  • Kigan 2012/07/06 02:22:29
    No
    Kigan
    They know what the risks are. Let them shove food down their throats if they want.
  • Sayer Stewart 2012/07/06 02:19:38
    No
    Sayer Stewart
    People can if they want to.
  • Null_Shock 2012/07/06 01:56:14
    No
    Null_Shock
    Why? It is adults who enjoy eating competitively, seriously whats the big deal?
  • Grant Straka 2012/07/06 01:44:09
    No
    Grant Straka
    24% of these voters have absolutley no reason behind why it should be banned
  • retrograve 2012/07/06 01:37:10
    No
    retrograve
    +1
    I don't think we have a lack food that's a problem, for this banned.
  • tobe 2012/07/06 01:37:04
    No
    tobe
    i think banning it is a strong concept but its awful for your esophagus.
  • Wayne TH G 333 2012/07/06 01:36:17
    No
    Wayne TH G 333
    +1
    I'm not keen on banning things but I don't think the local media should encourage it either!
  • sdfwdg 2012/07/06 01:33:56
  • KoAm 2012/07/06 01:29:45
    No
    KoAm
    +3
    I'm very, very hesitant to support the banning of things. To ban something, it would have to be for a highly compelling reason.

    Having said that, though, these "competitive eating" contests disgust me. There's an obesity epidemic in America, stomach cancer and colon cancer rates are skyrocketing, and there are millions of starving people around the world. With all those problems, these eating contests are an absolute disgrace.

    But that's not sufficient reason to ban them. I just choose not to watch them, and I encourage others to not watch them as well.
  • jas wats KoAm 2012/07/06 01:58:32
    jas wats
    And that is as it should be.
  • Pele Em... KoAm 2012/07/06 03:37:41
    Pele Emerging
    We can't ban every stupid thing. Sometimes, we just have to let people suffer natural consequences.
  • hgababu Pele Em... 2012/07/06 03:42:25
    hgababu
    +1
    I agree, but that's not really natural...
  • Pele Em... hgababu 2012/07/06 03:51:35
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    No, the acts aren't natural, but the health problems which may result are a natural consequence. We can't legislate good sense.
  • hgababu Pele Em... 2012/07/06 04:18:36
    hgababu
    +1
    Indeed, quite a fine rebuttal there
  • Pele Em... hgababu 2012/07/06 04:30:23
    Pele Emerging
    It's unfortunate, but true.
  • Shadow_Wolf 2012/07/06 01:24:27
    No
    Shadow_Wolf
    If people want to eat let them

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