An Obscenity

@p1kef1sh (45640)
August 11, 2008 5:02am CST
At a time when there is not enough food to go round in the world am I alone in finding something quite obscene about food eating competitions? Pasta, hot dog chili, burgers, ribs, the list goes on. The prize money is not inconsiderable and neither is the indigestion I should think. There is even an International Federation of Competitive Eating. Are you a competitive eater? Would you enter such a contest?
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@Humbug25 (12551)
11 Aug 08
Hi p1kef1sh I have never really thought about it like that but I am glad you have brought it to my attention and quite frankly I am quite disgusted by the thought, it does seem so wrong. I am clearly not a competitive eater and would certainly not enter such a competition, I don't think that many exist in England but I know it is big thing in America. I don't see the attraction of seeing someone stuffing food into their mouth against the clock until they litterally barff. I think a percentage of the winnings should go to starving countries however minimal it may be which would at least show some sort of compassion!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
That's not such a bad idea Humbug. I find it disturbing that we can chomp our way through mountains of food just for the heck of it, actually no, for the prize money. Thousands of dollars in fact.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
11 Aug 08
Yes it really is disturbing and goes to show that people don't really care that there are others suffering. Are people really that blinkered that they don't see what is going on around them or are they so greedy they don't care? I wish I knew the answer!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I don't understand the psychology, but I do know that it is not something that I would entertain. That said, whenever I go to farmers markets I end up salivating. LOL. But for average sized portions not gargantuan ones.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
I'm not a competitive eater because that's just something I'm not cut out for doing so I would never enter a contest. But a funny story about that is at the Wisconsin state fair they have a cream puff eating contest. My mom decided to enter the contest not to win but to get a free cream puff. Instead of stuffing it down like all the other contestants were doing she sat up there savoring the cream puff and eating it slowly lol. It was pretty funny to watch. I think eating competitions can be kind of fun to watch but also gross that someone would eat so fast. People are starving in the world and I find your opinion to be very valid but at the same time I don't think that banning the competitons would be helpful at all to that cause. People are always going to waste food no matter what and there is little we can do to change that. It's really crazy that a competitive eating organization exists.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I'm not for banning things. Educate people away from it then the competitions will quietly go. Or better still, enable food to all those that need it. Then we can have as many food competitions as we like. I love the story about you Mom. I can just imagine it. Did she come last?
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Yes, that's a very good idea. It's so sad that some people in the world starve. It reminds me how lucky I am to have a place to live and food to eat everyday. My mom did come in last lol. I'll never forget that story about her and I'm glad you liked it too.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
She sounds a real hoot. We need more like her in the world.
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@valeria1 (2723)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I think is obscene also, first is disgusting seeing those people eating as the world is going to end tomorrow and wow imagine after their bathroom, LOL! So many stupid things happening all the time, what can we do?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I don't like to think of the bathroom end Valeria. Yuk. Everyday we receive images of starving people and then others parade an excess of food before us in the name of competition.
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I was gunna start another discussion but figured it would fit here as well in the food topic and wasting there off. What about the Olympics an the millions of dollars that go into that maybe even billions from all the countires even the countries that are "starving". Can you imagine the food and all the money that is wasted there? Should we stop the Olympics as well? Is not as gross as the One or two day event of those that like to make pigs of themselves. few hundreds or couple thousands for the pigout verses millions and billons of dollars for the Olympics and all the food that will be wasted there. hmmmm?
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Shooie... BRAVO! That's all I have to say!
@ngaspero (851)
• Italy
11 Aug 08
You're right, that's really obscene, child in poor country die because they don't get and don't have the minimum for survey and we vaste so much food..obscene is the right word Nun
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I think so. Some countries have an abundance whilst other have nothing.
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@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I personally find it dis-tasteful (no pun intended). It just confirms my theory that there really isn't such a thing as scarcety in anything. It is just a fact that resources are disproportionately distributed among the worlds inhabitants.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I think that's quite right Cbreeze. Corrupt governments don't help either.
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@gberlin (3836)
13 Aug 08
Would more people enter the contest if the contest was held in countries with starving people? I am not against competitive eating. Maybe they should hold their contests in countries with starving people? I have never chosen to enter an eating contest.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
13 Aug 08
Imagine that. Competing in front of hundreds of starving people. But someone would do it you can bet.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Aug 08
Yeah they should have them in front of starving people AND have to fight them off for the food.
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@gberlin (3836)
13 Aug 08
What I meant was that the starving people should be the contestants. That way they could have the contest and feed the starving at the same time.
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@Wyldrose (1216)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Wow, I never really thought of this until I read your post. I would never enter one of these because I can barely eat a plateful as it is. I can't imagine eating tons of this food at once. Shame on the competitive eating contests. They need to rethink their programs in this day and age..
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I find it very difficult to see anything remotely attractive in it Wyldrose. Since writing this discussion I have realised that there are many Americans now who must be receiving food aid and who might find such a display as totally immoral.
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@Wyldrose (1216)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Yes, you are right.. All the hungry children nowadays is enormous and when those people compete like that, it seems they are taking food away from them. Does that make sense?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
Makes entire sense to me. Probably not to the food competitors though and certainly not their sponsors.
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• India
11 Aug 08
I am completely against this .. Such activity and organizations should be banned . It is completely inappropriate and disgusting . It makes me vomit and at the same time I feel sad for the people who stay hungry for days.This is extremely unfair and should be stopped.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I would prefer a fairer distribution of food. But these competitions turn me right off.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
16 Aug 08
As horrible as the contests are (IMO), I don't agree with =banning= them. The only harm is to the public aesthetic (& the possible harm some eaters may come to in their own bodies--but hey, THEY take the risk). We're still fairly free in this country, so that means we're free to do stupid, disgusting things, too. The key word here is CHOICE. I choose not to watch or participate in this kind of low-class behavior. Maggiepie
• India
18 Aug 08
but it leads to a heavy wastage of food too , besides bein obscene ... and nobody has da rights to waste food when there are thousands of people starving everyday in this world.
@nannacroc (4049)
11 Aug 08
It's disgusting even if there were'nt people starving. I encourages greed both for food and money and can't possibly be good for the health.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I couldn't have put it better myself Nanna.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Nanna, I have to agree with you. I have always found food eating contests repulsive and asinine. Even if people weren't starving in other countries, the whole idea that someone could, or would gorge themselves like that makes me sick.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
12 Aug 08
What since is there in a eating contest? What is the big deal of a bunch of people trying to see how fast they can consume something in record time? I don't think I would ever enter something so silly because I love tasting and savoring my food that I eat..With eating contest who has time to taste and enjoy? And yeah talk about indigestion later.. You feel as though you need to call the fire department to come put out the fire in your belly. It is a waste of food that can be donated to charities that care for children or sent to a homeless shelter atleast the food won't be wasted and it would feed many whereas with the contest maybe 6 will be eating.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
12 Aug 08
My view entirely Becky. That indigestion can't be too comforting either! In many cases the food comes back up again after they've "eaten" it apparently. What a conspicuous waste.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
yes, it is obscene and I disagree with the person who equates eating competitions to the olympics...now that's an obscene comparison!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
12 Aug 08
Horrible isn't it. Thank you and welcome to myLot.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
i think those contest are disgusting.. no one should make a huge sport out of stuffing themselves with food when other people dont have any..
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
12 Aug 08
I agree completely. Even in the US there are people that barely have sufficient food.
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12 Aug 08
Hello p1kef1sh, I think is so disgusting when people do eating competitions and the amount of food that is wasted, there is no respect for food like you said there are so many people starving around the world so that is why I avoid programmes like that. Tamara
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
12 Aug 08
I find it physically sickening to watch such spectacles Tamara. So do the contestant - literally. What a waste of food.
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Aug 08
i guess im not at all...i mean a competitive eater..just like to eat in slowly fashion and enjoy the food...and at the same time think and plan as well on what im going to prepare next for them..sometimes its so tiring to think and cook that i had to call for a delivery..opps i guess im out of topic now...
@p1kef1sh (45640)
12 Aug 08
You eat how food is designed to be eaten Vanities. Regularly and in manageable portions.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I think its a terrible waste of food and highly rude to televise something like that when there is places& people going with out and less than what people consume in those contests. I'd never compete in that sort of thing - I'd probably make myself sick!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
I'd be sick too Saundyl. Greed literally.
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
11 Aug 08
I doubt I would ever enter such a competition. The bad feeling you get from overeating is too uncomfortable. Besides I doubt I would ever win such a thing the way some other people eat. What we need is an editor of the New York Times who would publish photos of hot dog eating competition winners next to photos of the slums of Zimbabwe. That should do it.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
Such a photo might make people sit up and think for a minute or two Bluepatch. How about the competition photo next to some US folk collecting their food aid?
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@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Oh it makes me sick watching contest like that, people stuffing their faces, its sickening, I can't stand it. I don't think I would ever enter a contest like that, I'd get sick first..lol. Can you believe that there is a show on tv thats an eating contest, but its not how much you eat, its how much you can throw up after eating all that food, its disgusting to watch. I haven't watched it but I've seen previews of the show and I'm not watching it. I can't believe what stupid person out there came up with such a stupid show.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
That is simply sad. What a waste of food when people are getting food stamps just to live.
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@LOULOU323 (214)
11 Aug 08
Hi well there is noway that I would be able to eat large amounts of anything.I like a little of this and a little of that.Portion control is a big thing with me,why have more on the plate than you may be able to eat,that is greed,and greed is a sin,so I can not equate o these competitions no,they are just a silly way to indulge yourself.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
They are I think. Of course the money is an incentive too. I just think that whole thing is revolting.
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@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I agree there are all these competitions for food eating, yet there isn't enough food to feed people. That seems a bit wrong. I am not a competitive eater. I don't think that I would enter an eating contest. I am personally night a big eater. So an eating competition wouldn't be right for me.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
My sentiments exactly Tlb. It's quite repulsive.
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@littleowl (7157)
11 Aug 08
thankfully I don't have any eating disorders p1ke but think it is the reverse I just eat when I feel the need even then it is never much so would never consider going in for a contest for eating-that is just yuk to me!! littleowl
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Aug 08
For me too Little owl. The whole idea repulses me.
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