2017-07-05 19:00:29 UTC

Competitive Eating and Your Stomach

July 5, 2017

What kind of aftermath should someone expect after eating 72 hot dogs?

Did you spend your fourth of July ingesting 20,160 calories, 1,296 g of fat and 56,160 mg of sodium? Joey “Jaws” Chestnut did when he won Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest by consuming 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Sumner Bell, MD, AGAF, explained, in a recent article published in USA Today, The Disgusting Things to Know About Competitive Eating, One Day Later, that a normal human stomach can stretch about 15 percent its normal size; competitive eaters can expand their stomachs two to three times their normal size.

AGA members have been sharing their opinions on competitive eating contests in the AGA Community. Have you come across competitive eaters or seen the impact competitive eating has on the stomach? Join the discussion.