Kobayashi announces retirement in Netflix documentary

Takeru Kobayashi is one of four subjects in the new Netflix documentary, “Hack Your Health: The Secrets of Your Gut”. His segment focuses on his inability to feel hunger after a 20 year competitive eating career. He decides to retire from eating contests to improve his gastrointestinal health: (youtube trailer) (transcript)

After analyzing Kobayashi’s poop and also performing other tests, including scanning his brain’s responses to images of different foods, doctors informed him that his microbiome was actually in good shape, but his brain scans were abnormal. This revelation means that getting to the bottom of Kobayashi’s lack of hunger will be more complex, and in order to focus on restoring his health, he’s decided to quit competitive eating. He has “mixed feelings” about it, but after years of ignoring his body’s signals, he’s eager to see if he can repair his gut-brain connection.

Comments (8)


  1. Anonymous said

    May 1, 2024 @ 10:46 am

    He a she now?

  2. Anonymous said

    May 1, 2024 @ 3:45 pm

    Netflix. That is major!

  3. Anonymous said

    May 2, 2024 @ 8:50 pm

    When’s the Netflix special on Jack? Hes the next Joey chestnut.

  4. Anonymous said

    May 3, 2024 @ 8:36 am

    It says that Koby and Maggie have two kids. Previous marriage for Maggie?

  5. Anonymous said

    May 3, 2024 @ 12:13 pm

    Lack of Hunger = quiter

  6. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2024 @ 4:50 pm

    Lack of Hunger = quitter is absolutely not true. He is trying to keep or get his body into shape to maintain good health. That is why he is retiring. Give the hero a break. I bet more people know his name than Joey Chestnut.

  7. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2024 @ 9:05 pm

    Come on he is the one that put comp eating on.the map. Should really have a statue and Joey definitely should have a statue

  8. Anonymous said

    May 6, 2024 @ 11:41 am

    They should have a statue in China

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