Wednesday, November 21, 2007

For Thanksgiving

It may be too late for Thanksgiving but think about the 100-mile diet
Here's how to have a vegetarian Thanksgiving.
And I would love to see an end to this pigginess. When people are going hungry, why are we rewarding people for stuffing themselves?:

Some say eating contests in bad taste


By MICHAEL J. CRUMB
Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa - Planning to gorge yourself this Thanksgiving? Don't flatter yourself, amateur.

As Americans stuff themselves with turkey on Thursday, professional eaters will take center stage in a nationally televised competition, gobbling 20-pound birds in eight minutes.

While some shudder at the sight of contestants racing to devour food at a time when a third of Americans are obese, competitors just shrug.

"Doing it once in a while isn't bad for you, when you do it responsibly," champion eater Tim Janus said.

Others have had their fill of such events.

This fall, the University of Iowa canceled its annual corn-eating contest, held the week of the Iowa-Iowa State football game. Many saw the contest as a fun nod to the state's hallmark crop, but Phillip Jones, Iowa's vice president of student services, viewed it as an act of gluttony.

"It was something I thought was reasonable based on the data and stories I've seen about obesity and the proportion of people who are overweight," Jones said. "I don't know ... if it is dangerous, but it was a symbolic gesture to get people to address changes in our lifestyle."

Last year, organizers of the World Pie Eating Championship in Wigan, England, gave in to pressure from health advocates and cut back on contestants' consumption.

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