Monday, October 12, 2009

Eating the Distance: The 30,000 Calorie Burger

Let's say the average individual requires about 2,000 calories per day (give or take). That adds up to about 30,000 calories in two weeks. Well, one 'competitive eating' genius decided that he wanted to try downing that many calories in ONE SITTING!

15-year old 'competitive eater' Brad Sciullo took his appetite over to Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA, "home of the world's largest eating challenges" and ordered himself the 'Belly Buster' meal. Brad's dream is
to finish something "no human being should ever eat". Where are his parents?

The Belly Buster includes a burger that's made from 15 pounds of ground beef, sat atop a 22-ounce bun and includes a head of lettuce, two onions, three tomatoes, two cups each of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and pickle relish, three pounds of cheese and 15 pickle spears. The whole plate weighs in at more than 30,000 calories and more than 2,000 grams of fat!

Brad recently finished the 15lb burger in 4 hours 39 minutes, but apparently he wasn't satisfied with that record, so he returned for another go. This time around, Brad rounded off the six pound 'Ye Olde 96er', in 2 hours and 23 minutes. Um....Congratulations? The menu also includes the 'Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser', a burger weighing in at Fifty Plus Pounds with a price tag of only $179.95! Hey, it's only your health you're sacrificing, after all.

I'm actually shocked and appalled that 'events' like this are allowed to take place, given the obesity epidemic the US is facing, along with the burden that the likes of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease impose on the health care system , as a direct result of diet. I just hope Brad wises up some day soon and realizes what he's doing to his health!