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Student Dies in Eating Competition

Last week, a student in Taiwan died during a steamed-bun-eating contest. The 23-year-old was participating in his university's annual eating contest, an event that featured 60 students split into 30 teams of two. The student couldn't stop vomiting and fell unconscious during the competition. Although he was rushed to the hospital, it was too late. The cause of the death remains unclear, but some believe he choked to death.

At a time when American major league eating competitions are gaining popularity, I hope the news of this death will force people to wake up. Is a competition involving overeating — in a world where people starve to death — really necessary? What do you think of the news? Are you sick of hearing about eating contests?


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LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I think eating contests are gross. Like you said, there are people starving to death, and here we are shoving our face with hot dogs or whatever to win a contest. It's sick.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
How sad. I agree -- I don't understand the appeal of eating contests either, but hey, there's a lot of stuff in this world I don't understand. :) Regardless, this death is depressing.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
And just like i said in the last post on this: "Oh please with the "people are starving" bit, I applaud the Competitive eaters and the sponsers for keeping up american moral, and for having FUN. If people want to watch this, and compete, then I am all for it! If you really gave a crud about starving people, get off the computer and sell it, and go feed them with the money.
eu eu 8 years
I always fond eating contests both barbaric and decadent.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Yes, I am sick of hearing about eating contests. I'll never understand them and I think they are utterly disgusting.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
OMG Jude C, you're so right! Ewwwww.
otaku otaku 8 years
i know it's terrible, but all i can think about is eating chinese dumplings now.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm getting a bit upset about all this. this is one of MANY deaths that we've heard recently and it's really scary. i don't know what needs to be done to stop this from happening since eating competitions are gaining popularity but something surely needs to happen.
tralalala tralalala 8 years
shoneyjoe, I would just like to point out that a lot of people find Nascar to be equally as selfish, stupid, and needless as competitive eating competitions... and I think they also share a lot of the same fans.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Ew, imagine the gas the contestants would have after the egg-eating contest.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
That is a LOT of potstickers!! (#2) But yeah these sort of contests kinda gross me out. I saw one years ago on television...for..eggs. ...that was enough.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just don't get it. I find it really revolting.
missyd missyd 8 years
Gluttony at it's finest. Absolutely revolting. In so many ways. These people who compete are absolute gluttonists and are pigs IMO
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Eating contests are absolutely disgusting. I don't see the pleasure of gobbling down large amounts of food to the point where the body cannot keep up with the speed of eating. It's one of those contests where I would be neither a participant or an observer.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I still think competitive eating is an insult, and find Nascar racing quite pointless but not comparable to eating contests since eating is a NECESSITY but we can and have lived without gasoline. The eating deal is more about morals...
misogi misogi 8 years
Good point, shoneyjoe. I personally think that professional eating competitions are pretty impressive, but that's just me. Of course, it's horrible that a young person had to die because of an innocent event.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
What I am sick of is the argument "Is a competition involving overeating — in a world where people starve to death — really necessary?". Sorry, Party, but it's a bad argument. All sports include waste. Is NASCAR necessary in a country that is struggling with its gasoline and petroleum intake? The energy that goes into heating Ford Field in cold weather - is that necessary in an economy where people are looking for government assistance to heat their houses this winter, or should we cancel all Lions games? Should Chicago have spent millions of dollars in police wages and costs to downtown businesses in order to run a marathon in a world where people lack public safety and police presence? Sports involves unnecessary expenditure. Competitive eating is no more or less necessary than professional football, stock-car racing, or road races. Sports is by nature unnecessary - the only reason competitive eating gets fingered is that it's a relatively new sport that's pretty easy to mock. If it's about the fact that someone died during an eating competition, I would remind detractors that people have died in the above three contests. Dale Earnhardt, Chad Schieber, and Chuck Hughes have died while competing in NASCAR, the Chicago Marathon, and on the field for the Detroit Lions, respectively. "Necessity" is a weak argument. None of it is ever fully "necessary" under that calculus.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Somebody give that kid a Darwin award, stat. Natural selection in action, folks.
sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
I was one of the commenters on the last eating contest post - these contests are ridiculous. Who cares if someone can shove gobs of food in their mouth? How is that entertainment? Why is it necessary for someone to prove they can eat more than the guy sitting next to them? Why do we celebrate this "talent"? Why do we give any attention at all to over-eating competitions when we are an obese nation? And it does bug me to no end that we celebrate someone's ability to shove food in their face when there are way too many people who don't know where their next meal is coming. And now someone has died trying to "compete" in this ludicrous contest. The whole thing is just so stupid. Ok - thanks for letting me vent. But seriously. Why?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That's absolutely horrifying. I don't really get the appeal of eating contests. "Look how much crap I can stuff into myself in 5 minutes!" Not terribly impressive. On a side note, however, my dad was famed in his town in Taiwan for having once ate something like 200 pot stickers at one sitting. He was a skinny guy, too. :jawdrop:
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
"Is a competition involving overeating — in a world where people starve to death — really necessary" - Good point party. I never really thought about it that way before. Usually I just think these competitions are weird, funny, or gross but if you really think about it, its probably wrong to encourage them, given the fact that we have an obesity problem in our country and given food shortages in other countries :(
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