Behind the Scenes at Competitive Eating Contests – Jon Ronson GQ November 2012

When watching competitive eaters wolf down 60+ hot dogs at once, it’s enough to make you feel uneasy. GQ looks at the world of competitive eating and what keeps them ticking.
        
“But as Shea counts down to zero and the eating begins, what I see instead are twelve people grotesquely cramming huge piles of meat and fat-sodden rye bread into their mouths. The juice drips down their arms, saturating their shirts. Their puffed-out cheeks are beetroot red. They resemble sweaty, meat-smeared squirrels. The sickly smell of fat permeates the hot air. I notice that the fastest eaters are squeezing the sandwiches in their clenched fists before swallowing them.”

Behind the Scenes at Competitive Eating Contests – Jon Ronson GQ November 2012

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