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Anatomy of a competitive eater

Anatomy of a competitive eater

Originally Published: July 2, 2011
By Sharon Liao

The world's biggest appetites will duke it out for the title of Nathan's Famous hot dog eating champion this holiday weekend. And if all goes according to plan, the winner will scarf down more than 68 wieners -- breaking title holder Joey "Jaws" Chestnut's record -- in 10 minutes flat.

The contest is the crown jewel of the competitive eating circuit, a string of events that involve inhaling everything from cheesecake (11 pounds in nine minutes) to jalapenos (275 in eight minutes). ...

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