oh, idk. I took part in a competitive ice-cream eating contest once. Didn't win. I had "brain freeze" so bad my throat just wouldn't swallow any more.
I don't see it the same as the sin of "gluttony". To me, that would be way overeating on a daily, continuous basis. A lot of competitive eaters aren't overweight at all. I think we all know someone who can pack away an awful lot of food, yet they're skinny as a rail.
And I daresay, overall more food is wasted in this country because people forget it's in the fridge, or buy it with intentions to "eat more vegetables" or "cook at home more" but then when it comes right down to it... don't *want to*. And the stuff goes bad & gets thrown away. To me, that's an awful lot more wasteful than someone plowing their way through a pile of pop tarts or 70 hot dogs. They've taken in enough calories, that they probably don't eat much for a few days. The food wasn't "wasted" at all. I suppose if they threw it all up after the contest, it would be "wasted". I did not throw up the ice cream I ate during that contest.... I also was not hungry for anything else to eat that day. Bad nutrition, yes. Wasteful? No I don't think so.
I find competitive eating a little gross to watch, though.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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