Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Thomas Tuesday

Last night I heard on the radio that a man won a hot dog eating contest by downing 49 hot dogs. It brought to mind something St. Thomas wrote about gluttony:

"Gluttony denotes inordinate concupiscence in eating. Two things are to be considerred in eating, namely the food we eat, and the eating thereof.... one fails to observe the due manner of eating by eating greedily."

I don't know what Thomas would have said about such a contest, but to eat that many hot dogs at once is surely harming one's health. Using the info from Nathan's Famous, that would come to 735 grams of fat, 23,030 mg of sodium, and 8330 calories--in one sitting!


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Sr. Lorraine, I heard about this contest on the national news. Why, I thought, is such excess given such prominence? Gluttony, hedonism, greed, etc. seem to attact media attention.

The contest winners receive money and acclaim. What is happening to our culture?

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Thanks, moneybags, if you would put in a link. That would be great!

I also wonder, rap, what is happening to our culture. Sometimes I wonder if part of it is just that the media make events known so quickly that the negative things get spread around. But there does seem to be deeper problems. For example, I heard on the news that on the 4th of July a man in Dorchester started shooting randomly in a crowd gathered for fireworks. But when the police went to arrest him, the crowd turned on the police.
However, I don't want to be too negative and overlook all the good things that happen too.

Therese Z said...

Oh dear, I don't see any real harm in the contest. Overeating hot dogs seems like simple silliness to me, always assuming that there would be some good if people there were encouraged to donate $1 for every hot dog their favorite contestant ate to charity, or something like that.

Over the weekend, I watched the breathless ESPN coverage re-running last year's contest, quite by accident, and I thought it was funny, and far more harmless than the vulgarity and just plain dirtiness of much of television today.

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