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Learn the science behind speed eating

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 30th 2007 8:02AM

tim janusHave you ever wonder how it is those speed eaters can stuff so much food into their bodies in such a short amount of time?

No? Okay, then go away, this isn't for you.

If you are interested, tune into the National Geographic Channel July 8 at 9:00 p.m. for Science of Speed Eating. The special will examine the science behind these eating competitions by following three speed eaters, including Tim Janus, who only weighs 170 pounds. In fact, at one point a doctor will track the food as it makes its way through Janus' body. Yes, it's disgusting, but science is yucky sometimes. I think Einstein said that. Or maybe it was Bunsen Honeydew. Either way, it's true.

While many consider these eating competitions to be nothing more than gross displays of gluttony, some medical professionals say that by studying the men who have conditioned their bodies to accept these insane amounts of food we might be able to better understand stomach and other digestive problems and how to treat them.

So, the next time you see some guy ramming five hot dogs into his mouth at once, be sure to thank him for his efforts in accelerating medical breakthroughs.

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