Why You Should Leave The Hot Dog Eating To The Professionals

posted by Alex Razo -

If you ever thought about trying to win the Mustard Belt, you might want to know what happens to your body after eating 70 hot dogs. 

David Poppers, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Health, says there's a ton of potential health complications from competitive eating events such as the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. 

Poppers says participants can suffer abdominal pain, discomfort, nausea and even vomiting, plus there's the risk of choking. 

Longer term, Poppers is worried that the stomach will permanently stretch, causing a condition known as gastroparesis. 

Hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut holds the all-time record for the contest, wolfing down 74 franks this year in just 10 minutes. 

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