By Harry Dong Updated: 7:13 PST, April 6, 2017
Obesity seems to be ubiquitous in America, and so does a new trend: food eating contests. In fact, obesity is such an epidemic in America that more than two thirds (68.8%) of Americans seem to be overweight (National Heart and Lung Institute, 1) and no one seems to take action to prevent it. The closest thing we have come to in preventing it is with over-eating contests. What a joke. It’s the culture that we live in which promotes overeating where it’s considered “rude” to leave food on a plate, and every restaurant we go to gives us portions for the size of a small village feast.
If you look at the cultures of Asia, the highly pescatarian high protein and low carbohydrate diets, it is a stark contrast to the high fructose corn syrup ridden, saturated fat filled nation that we consider our own. Asian has virtually eliminated all of these substances and seemingly banned them like Singapore with drugs. Whether or not Asian bans these substances I am not sure, but there is such a lack in prevalence of these substances in their culture that I wonder if they are banned. India has banned GMOs and we have GMOs run rampant throughout the US. No one is definitely sure if there are implications to GMOs, but we all have a sense of an idea that the conventional form of produce and other types of food is better.
American eating contests all seem to have a striking similarity, and this is similarity is death or obesity. How do we endorse this behavior? Our country seems to be ridden with eating disorders on one end, as well as obese people on another end, two polar opposites which warrant a need to find a healthy middle ground.
This past weekend, two people fell to the hands of God after a food eating contest took the best of them. Caitlin Nelson, who was a sorority girl raising money for her sorority began to shake and fell violently to the floor after consuming too many pancakes. Ironically, her dad died in 9/11 as a policeman. I cannot imagine the grief that the family’s mother must be going through right at this moment. The other person who died was a man from Denver by the name of Travis Malouff, from asphyxia due to choking, from too many donuts.
These are just two of the many who have been negatively impacted by food eating contests. When will this country learn…