It is no debate that we are fond of testing ourselves no matter what the subject is. Either physically or mentally, you will most probably push yourself in a contest at some point in your life.
Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest is one of them. Held every year on the 4th of July in New York City, the record of almost four decades was set in 2020. The results of this year, however, turned out to be practically interesting that it became an argument for a study on the limits of human gut performance.
Examining the gut performance of other species before, James Smoliga, conductor of the study clarifies that it is the first research made on humans'. Even though the record is set by Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (Congrats on the win) with 75 hot dogs, the maximum an 'elite' trainer can eat is approximately 85, Smoliga proves with an equation in his research. With more detail and other regulations that have taken place in the study along with modeling individual performances for the last 5 years intrinsically, Smoliga indicates, that the maximum amount a human can eat is increasing every year.
The more you eat the bigger your stomach gets
Using established mathematical models to see how many hot dogs one can eat correlates to the plasticity in their gut capacity, which can expand by eating even more. It is valid to imply that growing your gut plasticity by eating is like running every day to get stronger legs.
Referring to the contest as an "entertaining spectacle of gluttony", Smoliga's correlations display that competitors reaching an 'active consumption rate' (ACR) today are five folding the average untrained eater for 40 years.
Smoliga compares this record to the marathon competitions as well, while the record holder of a marathon only doubles the average marathon competitors' speed.