In our last session we talked about competitive eating. I personally think it is really disgusting to watch people ploughing all this food into their mouth, forcing themselves to go on eating although they are obviously almost vomiting. Most of these people or rather a lot of them are very fat, if not even obese. That’s why I decided to write about the question whether I am in favour of or against having competitive eating as professional sports. The main reason why I definitely disapprove of having competitive eating as professional sports is the sanitary aspect. I mean it just can’t be healthy to shove masses of food into your body, whereupon it is always the same kind of food. I think it would make at least a little difference if the food was not one-sided in these competitions but rather if they ate different kind of food or at best healthier food. As the competitors do not only eat the one-sided food at the day of the competition but also have to practice eating several times before the competition, I find it problematic for their health. Last week I watched a TV show called “Abenteuer Leben” which showed a few boys participating in an eating contest. They had to eat ice-cream wafers and told the viewers that eating to much of them could lead to brain damages. Still, they participated. This is something I just cannot understand. Apart from the sanitary aspect, there is the fact that you gain a lot of weight automatically through these competitions, as you eat masses of greasy food over and over again. Gaining weight of course also means harming the health, as for instance increasing the risk of a heart attack, a high blood pressure or a high cholesterol level, to mention only a few of the risks. However, what I am aiming for is the fact that people fatten up through all these food masses. This means either staying fat or taking the trouble to lose all the weight to look “good” again, as we know that being fat or obese or looking grotesque in a way is considered quite negative in our society. As we have already discussed in class, fat people are considered to be lazy and don’t make the effort to lose weight. Also many people think that those who are obese probably only eat cheap food like fast food or unhealthy things that are easily prepared and therefore are considered to be of a low class in our society as they cannot afford healthy food which is oftentimes more expensive. In my opinion this is not necessarily the right way to judge people, however, it shows that fat people or rather those who get fat because of taking part in eating contests, as these are the ones I am focussing on, have a lot of disadvantages, not only with regard to their health, but also in terms of their weight as well as the way they are seen by society. That’s why I have to ask myself WHY all this? Only because of a cup and a little bit of respect you earn IF you win a competition like this. I definitely think that it is not worth it. If competitive eating became a professional sport, I assume that a lot more people would take part in it in order to prove themselves in eating mountains of food in the shortest time to have the positive effect of earning fame and recognition and the negative effect of serious health problems and a plenty of kilos they have to carry. I also doubt that competitive eating could be carried out if we note that we would do sports by eating food which is considered to be sacred in many countries. I personally would not find it proper to make fun of things which we have enough and to spare and others don’t have enough to survive, apart from the fact that the food is probably not really eaten but rather vomited after the competition.