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Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Jul 4, 2008 • References: calorielab
Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on Coney Island is making headlines, and while it's interesting to note the amount of people interested in an event like this, the real shocker boils down to calories.

Each year, thousands of Americans cheer on contestants who gorge themselves on fat-soaked, processed pork calorie bombs. If that doesn't sound sick enough, Calorielab broke down the estimated 'nutrition' of Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest into numbers.

They created a faux nutrition label giving the breakdown for 66 hot dogs (6,600 g), the world record amount consumed by Joey "Jaws" Chestnut last year in only 12 minutes! Chestnut tied with Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi, of Japan today.

As the image shows, the contestants are guessed to ingest 1,290 grams of fat (1,965% of the daily recommended value) and 19,600 calories! That's the equivalent of consuming enough to gain 5.6 lbs of body fat! Sick!