Ready, Set, Eat!

by nathalie.coronado on November 13, 2013 - 11:01pm

Ready, Set, Eat!

 

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In the United States, when it is summer time not only does the breeze heat up, the sun rises, and the birds come back from their migration, but it is also the season for speed-eating contests! These contests, that usually are charity events, consist in eating as much hamburgers as one can in three minutes.  In a country were reign numerous eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or obesity, what could be the impact of such contests on youth?

 

First of all, according to the article above, every night, over 17 million of children in United States go to sleep without having had dinner. In fact, most of them can barely afford to eat a meal per day. However, in United States, one can see eating-contests were there is way too much food, and were people eat to win, not to feed themselves. So how can youth understand hunger and other eating disorders from which people all over the world are affected in a country with such excess? Furthermore, if such contests are considered entertaining and fun, what does it leave to youth as distractions? Can sports be considered as valuable for a generation surrounded by excess of all kinds?

 

Second of all, also, speed-eating contests also exist for children. However, in their case, it is not how much they can eat but how fast they can do so. According to the British Television Program Levell, these kinds of contests could actually show to children how to distinguish bad eating habits (promoted by speeding-contests) from good eating habits. For example, kids see that excess make people fat and that eating enough to feel satisfied is the right way to eat. Researchers on the field are not all sure that children are astute enough to make such to distinguish both.

 

Third of all, instead of promoting speed-eating disorders for charity, Americans should think of giving to the less fortunate the food they need. It would be way more profitable to use food that way instead of encouraging unhealthy behavior in charity contests. If they want to do charity, they can do other kind of events that would be more appreciated among both adults and children.

 

All in all, one can see that speed-eating contest are not the best way to get money for charity.  In fact, it can give a false impression for children on the true value of food. Many of us tend to forget that what we have, a house, education, etc. are not things we should take for granted. 20% of American citizens do not have the opportunities we have so instead of throwing it away, one should teach children how to give to the people in need.

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