Joey Chestnut Claims 16th Title at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

In a dramatic turn of events at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut emerged victorious once again, securing his 16th title in 17 years. Despite a nearly two-hour delay due to inclement weather, Chestnut showcased his unmatched eating prowess in front of cheering spectators at Coney Island in New York.

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The 10-minute contest saw Chestnut consume an impressive 62 hot dogs and buns, securing a comfortable lead over his closest competitor, Geoffrey Esper, who managed to eat 49 hot dogs. The Fourth of July spectacle turned into an emotional rollercoaster for Chestnut, who expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to participate and enjoy some hot dogs on Independence Day.

Reflecting on the weather delay during an interview with ESPN, Chestnut shared, “What a rollercoaster emotionally. They told us it was cancelled. We weren’t sure we were going to eat today, and I’m just happy. It’s the Fourth of July and I got to eat some hot dogs and get a win.” Although he fell short of his own record of 76 hot dogs, Chestnut’s performance was more than enough to secure his victory and claim the coveted mustard belt awarded to the champion.

Chestnut attributed the weather delay to affecting his overall performance, stating, “I got leftover room, so I’ll be having beers later.” Despite this setback, Chestnut’s dominance in the competition remains unparalleled. Since his lone defeat in 2015, when Matt Stonie managed to eat 62 hot dogs while Chestnut consumed 60, he has consistently maintained a stranglehold on the championship.

Over the past six years, Chestnut has consistently surpassed the 70-hot-dog mark, solidifying his position as the reigning champion. Even in the face of personal adversity, such as competing with a broken right leg and dealing with the recent loss of his mother last year, Chestnut’s determination and skill have not wavered.


The women’s competition was held before the heavy rain and lightning delayed the festivities. Miki Sudo won her ninth title while devouring 39½ hot dogs and buns. Mayo Ebihara of Japan finished second with 33½ hot dogs. Sudo said she knew Ebihara was a threat, and it distracted her early.

Side Effects Of Competitive Eating

  1. Digestive Problems: Rapidly consuming excessive amounts of food can put a strain on the digestive system. It may lead to indigestion, bloating, stomach pain, and discomfort. The stomach and intestines may become distended, causing temporary digestive disturbances.
  2. Gastrointestinal Distress: Competitive eaters often push their bodies beyond normal limits, which can result in gastrointestinal distress. This can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps.
  3. Dehydration: Eating large amounts of food quickly can cause dehydration. This is because the body diverts blood flow away from other organs, including the kidneys, to aid in digestion. Additionally, salty or dry foods commonly consumed in food challenges can further exacerbate fluid loss.
  4. Weight Gain: Regular participation in competitive eating events can lead to weight gain and obesity. The high caloric intake associated with competitive eating can exceed the body’s energy needs, leading to an excess of stored fat.
  5. Nutritional Imbalances: Competitive eating typically involves consuming large quantities of low-nutrient, high-calorie foods. This can result in a lack of important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fibre. A diet focused on unhealthy, processed foods can increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies and other health problems.
  6. Dental Issues: Frequent exposure to sugary or acidic foods and beverages during competitive eating events can contribute to dental problems such as tooth decay, erosion of tooth enamel, and gum disease.
  7. Choking and Aspiration: The speed at which food is consumed during competitive eating can increase the risk of choking or aspiration (inhaling food or liquid into the lungs). These are serious medical emergencies that can lead to complications or even be life-threatening.

Reasoning behind eating too much

  • Stretching the Stomach
  • Speed Eating
  • Competitive Eating Techniques
  • Training and Conditioning
  • Mental Preparation

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