It's sad and disgusting that, in a world in which untold hundreds of millions of people go hungry, groups of eaters gather before heaping plates of food for no better reason than to see how much of it they can cram down their gullets. It could be the only activity in the sphere of human competition that glorifies one of the seven deadly sins - gluttony.
That's why we can't muster too much sympathy for the competitive eating world champ, Takeru Kobayashi. He said this week that he hurt himself while training, and has been diagnosed with jaw arthritis. He can't open his mouth beyond the width of a fingertip - putting his future as a competitive eater in jeopardy.
We wish Takeru no further ill health, certainly. But as he's sitting at home, perhaps sipping hot boullion through a straw, he might want to ponder better uses of his time - volunteering at a soup kitchen, perhaps?