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Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi to compete in Netflix competition

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By KAITLYN HUAMANI

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Competitive eating is a repugnant exhibition. There are many homeless people who would be happy for just one hot dog not sourced from a garbage bin.

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Competitive eating is a repugnant exhibition. There are many homeless people who would be happy for just one hot dog not sourced from a garbage bin.

This is a Netflix special. Netflix grants money for affordable housing, early childhood development, disaster relief and other causes. In 2022, the foundation made almost 15,000 grants totaling $2.57 billion, according to its website.

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What a toxic culture..

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man- I WISH we had Nathan's hot dogs in Japan.

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I absolutely loathe and despise these "eating contests."

With obesity epidemics in the U.S. and other Western countries, and with so many poor hungry people in the outside world, these so-called "competitions" are disgusting and morally repugnant.

Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, and for good reason.

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This is a Netflix special. Netflix grants money for affordable housing, early childhood development, disaster relief and other causes. In 2022, the foundation made almost 15,000 grants totaling $2.57 billion, according to its website.

So? There are many other ways to raise money for charitable causes -- without disgusting spectacles of gluttony in a society that not only seems to be ignoring its obesity epidemic, but actually seems to glorify and encourage it.

Sorry, but "it raises money for charity" is not an automatic excuse.

Next thing you know, morbidly obese women will be winning beauty pageants -- which will only further the ridiculously false idea that people can be "healthy at any size."

Oh wait, that's already happening too.

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With all the talk about food loss and SDGs, these contests and the gorging TV programs are out of touch, but the mere fact that there is a big audience shows that we have a long way to go. Also, don't believe all the hype about donations and contributions. It's like saying that child porn sites contribute to children's shelters. Perhaps an extreme analogy but I think the point is clear.

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How do these guys, especially Kobayashi stay so fit? I just don't get it. Well, there are race cars burning up gasoline, horse races crippling horses, and all the negative news of military and social issues. How about a break for a little fun? Eating contests are silly, but good silly. Heat closing in, fascism winning over democracy. . .just a little diversion. Just a little. And my money's on Kobayashi.

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To each his/her own, but to my mind stuffing beef into mouths as fast as possible just to see who can do the most is a pretty disgusting hobby that celebrates consumption for the sake of consumption.

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There's a reason why these 'contests' are only held in wealthy, developed countries. As economies continue to shrink, they may not continue for long.

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The Quicker You'll Go to Your Grave Competition.

I also hate watching those "ogui" shows on TV here in Japan where they show off or try to eat as much as they can without barfing or showing they can do it without raising a sweat.

Shame.

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Looks like they're really enjoying those hot dogs.

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Seems like I'm not the only one to find these contests grose.

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You must understand that the hot dog always wins.

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An absolutely disgusting spectacle. The competitors should be ashamed of themselves.

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LOL, some of these comments.

A (cheap) hotdog eating contest, held once a year.

SDGs? World Hunger? Morally repugnant?

Oh C'mon

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Gross? Yes. Toxic? Hardly. Let people enjoy something a bit over the top!

Glad to see Kobayashi participating. He was robbed (multiple times) since they kicked him out of competitions.

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How do these guys, especially Kobayashi stay so fit? I just don't get it. 

He is a competition level body builder and trains his stomach by eating several cabbage heads and guzzling liters of water.

During the height of the eating contest craze, there was a study that concluded that competitive eaters don’t metabolize food like normal people, and more than 90% of what they eat is passed without being absorbed.

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This is very exciting news. Japanese TV has excellent content as it is largely food related. By these two culinary stalwarts going head to head on Netflix, less cultures Western nations will be able to experience the beauty of competitive eating.

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Although we may be dogged by doubts about such a competition that instigates hot debate, we must ardently open our minds and catch up with the times to relish the competition.

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@Redemption

Definitely AI comment of the day.

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Why isn’t this stupidness ended?

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The hot dogs won't let it end.

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Hope they choke on a bun.

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So? There are many other ways to raise money for charitable causes -- without disgusting spectacles of gluttony in a society that not only seems to be ignoring its obesity epidemic, but actually seems to glorify and encourage it.

What do eating competitions have to do with the obesity epidemic? They’re fun events to watch, lighten up. Next you’re going to be claiming violent movies and video games also cause violence in real life. The overall amount of good that they cause by generating charity money far outweighs whatever fantasy encouragement of obesity you’re making up

Sorry, but "it raises money for charity" is not an automatic excuse.

Why not? Because you say so?

Next thing you know, morbidly obese women will be winning beauty pageants -- which will only further the ridiculously false idea that people can be "healthy at any size." 

You know the “slippery slope” is a logical fallacy right?

Oh wait, that's already happening too.

Then don’t want and don’t support them. It’s as simple as that

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Also, don't believe all the hype about donations and contributions. It's like saying that child porn sites contribute to children's shelters.

It’s a bad analogy because it doesn’t make sense. Eating hotdogs doesn’t affect anyone but the person eating them. CP negatively affects children. There’s a clear difference

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What do eating competitions have to do with the obesity epidemic?

Yeah what kind of fool sees a connection between gluttony and obesity?

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Yeah what kind of fool sees a connection between gluttony and obesity?

What do gluttony and obesity have to do with eating competitions?

Kobayashi is arguably the world’s most famous professional eater. Would you call him gluttonous or obese?

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Yes. I would.

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Yes. I would.

At 5’8 58kg he would fall into the “healthy weight” category set by the CDC which is far from obese

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At 5’8 58kg he would fall into the “healthy weight” category set by the CDC which is far from obese

To someone whose lived a life of health like me, his body is disgusting. Gross, loose, and slobby.

Probably a result of his gluttony.

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At 5’8 58kg he would fall into the “healthy weight” category set by the CDC which is far from obese

To someone whose lived a life of health like me, his body is disgusting. Gross, loose, and slobby.

Probably a result of his gluttony.

On what planet Anorexis is that a “gross, loose and slobby” body?

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On what planet Anorexis is that a “gross, loose and slobby” body?

I've lived a life of exercise and health. In this planet, he's slobby.

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I've lived a life of exercise and health. In this planet, he's slobby.

Ok, we get it.

On your planet, competition level body builders are fat and slobby.

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No need to be spiteful and call names because he can eat all he wants and still win body building contests.

I’m fairly certain only very few people have that sort of metabolism and body chemistry.

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