HUFFINGTON POST
11/02/2012 11:19 am ET Updated Nov 02, 2012

Behind The Scenes At Competitive Eating Contests

In recent years, the "sport" of competitive eating has expanded from a Coney Island freak show into an international, well, freak show. Jon Ronson hit the contest trail with some of the circuit's deepest stomachs—men who devour unholy amounts of chicken wings in minutes flat; women who make stupid money mowing down quesadillas—and returned with a tale that answers the only question that really matters: Why?

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