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    1. re: Gio

      I find the whole thing pretty nauseating. My wife comes from a family of gluttons, and she has repeatedly been embarrassed by how they gorge in public.

    2. i think the photos at #11 are quite funny -- the intent cook, and the perky waitress! LOL!

      #17 is pretty funny, too. it's like they're in school!

      1. Curious that 4 of the 42 are in Colorado -the leanest state - and only 2 are in the 5 most obese states. Maybe the obese are too good at this sort of thing...

          1. Wow. I wonder how much restaurants make from these challenges. I'll bet a lot of people fork over a lot of money to try but fail.

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            1. re: chowser

              exactly what i was thinking -- those are hefty *entry fees* (so to speak) and the restos get lots of free publicity.

              1. re: alkapal

                I should set up my own business--for $100 you can bang your head on the wall for an hour as hard as you can. If you do it, I'll refund your money.

            2. Until 11 years ago, the very idea of this stuff would've been just unfathomable to me.

              The restaurant we operate currently is table service, but when we took it over (11 years ago) it was a horrible buffet restaurant. And I had to operate that buffet for three months before we went into renovation stage.

              I saw people eat amounts of food that were astounding -- and they weren't even registered in a competition! The most memorable fellow ate half a steam table pan of mussels, a pound of General Tso's Chicken, a plate full of bacon-wrapped crab sticks, a pound of chicken wings, a plate of half rice/half lo mein, and then two (dinner-sized) plates loaded with dessert cakes, topped with ice cream. When he got up to leave, for effect, he snagged an egg roll off of the buffet and ate it whole before he reached the door.

              On a different tack altogether: ever notice how skinny the Asian kid is who wins the Nathan's Coney Island hot dog eating contest every year? Where does he put it?!

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              1. re: shaogo

                shaogo >>>>half a steam table pan of mussels, a pound of General Tso's Chicken, a plate full of bacon-wrapped crab sticks, a pound of chicken wings, a plate of half rice/half lo mein, and then two (dinner-sized) plates loaded with dessert cakes, topped with ice cream. When he got up to leave, for effect, he snagged an egg roll off of the buffet and ate it whole before he reached the door.<<<<

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                gulp! you're serious, aren't you?!?!? yikes! was the guy a behemoth? http://farm1.static.flickr.com/57/181...

                1. re: shaogo

                  My observation is that most (though not all) of the people that have success in heavy eating competitions are on the slender rather than obese side. It probably has to do with elasticity and the obese persons being closer to their maximum expansion.

                  1. re: JohnE O

                    john, your avatar is so apropos this thread! ;-)).

                  2. re: shaogo

                    I have watched a profile Kobaishi (not sure if that is how he spells his name). The guy works out daily is quite ripped. He was born with a condition that results in his stomach sitting lower than most. When he is training for an event, he eats ridiculous amounts of food, goes into a noodle shop and downs two pounds of noodles then they bring him other stuff. He is in incredible shape, and I think as the competitive eating events get bigger, we will see that it's the in shape people who actually do better in these events as they have conditioned their bodies to do this. The more recent Americans participating are in much better shape, and the really large guys get trounced in the competitions I have seen.
                    Now it seems that the people who hit the buffets and eat quite a lot tend to be out of shape.
                    When I was in college, I hung out with a guy who played soccer, was in the best shape of anyone I knew and he would go out drinking then eat a 12 egg omelet at 3 am. He was up running at 7. I swore that one day that would come to screeching halt and he would get big, but he still is in incredible shape, the drinking has stopped but he still eats like crazy.