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Competitive eaters may lose in long-term health

10:03 EDT 3 Jul 2017 | Healio

Consuming 80 chicken nuggets, 182 bacon strips or 73.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes or less may seem like a daunting task, but for individuals who participate in competitive eating competitions, the challenge is a piece of cake.Each year, dozens of professional competitive speed eaters compete in more than 50 sanctioned events for a chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars, and every summer is highlighted by the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The contest, held on Coney Island, routinely draws more than 30,000 visitors and an additional 1 million or more viewers who watch the event on one of ESPN’s networks.

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