Eating contests gain popularity

July 7, 2009 5:17:21 PM PDT
An old form of entertainment is growing really big these days.

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Speed-eating competitions, like the Fourth of July hot dog-gulping contest, have grown into a $10 million-per-year industry.

There's actually a "major league eating" sports-type league, with about 100 contests each year.

This past Saturday San Jose's Joey Chestnut won the $20,000 prize for devouring 68 hot dogs at Coney Island.

Nutritionists don't think much of this, but many consumers do, saying its cheap entertainment because there are generally no cover charges.

If you want to find the next speed eating event follow the link below.

Link: International Federation of Competitive Eating

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