Why do we pride ourselves on this? Why do we encourage it? We live in a society where 10% of us are morbidly obese, 10% of us are starving and yet we waste our food in a manner like this.
However, I can even let this slide a little. I spend time with male friends and family, whom I love dearly, that have tried these competitions (most of them have lost) and never went back. The thing that bothers me, and I cannot let it pass, is the fact they are encouraging children to do this now.
That's right, there are little children sized monster burgers/pizzas/milkshakes out there so little Timmy can have his face right up next to daddy's on the board. Be sure to add their family trip to the diabetes clinic a few years later to the scrap book. It’ll look great with a stencil smiley face next to it.
It's bad enough we condone this behavior in grown adults, but why would we encourage it in children? Children: Who are now on par with many other age groups for weight issues and developing health problems.
It is a very possible reality that this generation coming up may die before their parents due to obesity and chronic disease. Do we really want to be responsible for encouraging the shortening of their lives?