The second part of BBC's World Service Food Chain podcast about competitive eating is available online. This program focuses on the health aspects of competitive eating with Erik Lamkin discussing his history with eating disorders. Andrei Sidorov also attempts the Iron Pig Challenge at Porky's BBQ.


  1. anonymous said

    October 19, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    Either too fat or two skinny those are their eating disorders

  2. Anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 7:30 am

    4:10. insightful, no doubt an accomplished Doctor of nutrition

  3. Anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

    7:30. It doesn’t take an acomplisehd Doctor of nutrition to see the change in eaters. Skinny or Overweight, they experience malnutrition, depression, chemical imbalance, paranoid delusions and a host of other medical/mental issues. Look at the people competing out there, Molly and Stephanie are great examples of this. Look at the extreme weight loss/gains,change in smile (obvious dental upgrades). The self hate through body manipulation, piercings/tattoos or appearance (clothing looking disheveled) The ability to do two or three challenges in a day. After looking 9 months pregnant and showing up only hours later, imaciated again. The people in this industry are not fooling anyone, they have eating disorder(s), they are self absorbed, fame seeking, delusional, have self image issues and on their best days training their bodies with excessive food/water to accomplish the unnatural. So yeah I mean sure a Doctor could do a better job of analyzing their conditions but people see it and can make pretty good corolatiins to what’s happening. The meager amounts of money paid for these contests are never going to be enough to cover the years of medical/mental treatments required when they can no longer compete at the highest levels. Or they will do it until they die which for some can or may come earlier than others. This is no different than having a drug addiction, the eventually get to a point where they cannot control it anymore and the damage done to the body will not allow them to ever be well again. We celebrate this as an American culture, when really we should feel bad for them and intervene to get them the help the so desperately and obviously need. Way to humanity another win for you.

  4. BTW i have a mouth odor said

    October 21, 2017 @ 5:04 pm

    these posts are getting boring and redundant I would much rather hear about comp eaters breaking up with their wives

  5. Anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 6:11 pm

    that is some self-mapping projection for you right there

  6. anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

    3:43 hits in right on the nozzle. I have dined out with a few unnamed female eaters in the past . Top ranked eaters if i may say. When it was time to order , their demeanor was more like facing root canal without an injection or feeling the aftermath of breaking up with their spouse. Instead of expecting them to put on a clinic , it was more like barely finishing their salad

  7. anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 6:56 pm

    Yeah Tim Janus was the same way He would never order anything just watch others eat .

  8. anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

    I cannot figure it out. So when it’s competition time they cant wait to chow down and gorge to their little heart content yet when it comes to dining for pleasure they can’t eat for shit?

  9. Anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 7:20 pm

    I didn’t know tattoos represented body hate. Learn something new everyday

  10. anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

    i was taught at a very young age to stay away from tatoo wearers/ They represent intimidation danger and intent to instill fear

  11. anonymous said

    October 21, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

    I was attracted to this woman and wanted to ask her on a date but once i saw the tatoo i decided against it . Most tatoo wearers are very hard to have sex with and will rip your face off if you say something that does not agree with them

  12. Anonymous said

    October 22, 2017 @ 6:14 am

    These ideas about tattoos are whacky. There are many categories of people who have tattoos. Yes, tattoos were used (forced on) people who went to jail in some countries. They were also forced upon Jews in concentration camps. In Japan the Yakuza (Mafia) wear tattoos as part of their “uniform”. But tons of young people and people of all ages have tattoos which they wear like jewelry. Men in the armed services also got tattoos, not to intimidate and instill fear. Mom or Mother was often chosen with a heart. Maybe some Mother’s are scary, but why would you put that on your body? Logic people, logic.

  13. anonymous said

    October 22, 2017 @ 9:11 am

    Body painting became more common for teens in the late 80′s to present. It does send a gangsta mentality message on females like im a bad ass so watch yourself. Tatoo on men gives off the message like don’t fuck with me or get ready for beatdown.

  14. MLE dream said

    October 22, 2017 @ 7:09 pm

    Last night i had this weird dream. Prior to a MLE event i was sitting next to George Shea outdoors . His back was facing me and talking to someone else When he got off the seat it smelled but it was repetitive one after the other like pressing the repeat button on video . This is a true story not making any of this up

  15. anonymous said

    October 22, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

    man oh man that was some dream Was he wearing those same gray slacks and his black penny loafers when he got off the seat?

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