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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why Is Gluttony Rewarded In Our Culture?

I follow my local sandwich shop on Facebook.

Recently, they posted this photo of one of their customers with the following comment: "One of our Pound the Pounder winners showing off her awesome pounder t-shirt. Great job!"

She was rewarded with a free t-shirt for eating this sandwich in less than 30 minutes. Yep, that's a two foot long sandwich with over one pound of pastrami:

I just don't get it.

Why is gluttony rewarded in our culture?

Please explain this to me.


  1. I don't know. But the idea of competitive eating is completely freakin' gross. I can't watch those "Man vs. Food" shows either.

  2. Her parents must be so proud.

  3. Just like the other Steph said, we are a culture that for some strange reason embraces shows like "Man vs. Food" and promotes annual eating contest (Hot Dogs, Oysters, etc) BUT at the same time ridicules those who are Obese. It's like society wants to create and celebrate gluttony while tearing the PERSON down at the same time. it also doesn't say much for the people themselves who participate in things like this. Does your life and well being mean that little to you that you'd stuff yourself beyond reason for a t-shirt? Is yoru self worth based on a $2.00 piece of fabric? Priorities are totally out of whack these days.

  4. I dunno, if I'm brutally honest with myself, I can picture a time when I'd feel challenged to eat that sandwich. Now it just makes me nauseated thinking about it, but yeah, about 40 pounds ago, when fast food was my go-to dinner plan, I could see it happening for me.

    I feel sorry for people who are still at that place in life, even though they probably don't want my pity. I'll be over by the salads, making the choices I've come to realize are much, much better for me.

  5. Good question. It makes me sqeamish and even pre-band I would have been ashamed to eat like that. I'm with the Stephanies, I can't watch those things on TV either.

  6. Because MOST of the time people have to pay a huge amount for these food challenges on the premise that if they eat the whole thing it'll be free. The restaurant makes big bucks on the losers. It's not rewarding gluttony, it's the customers being suckered into a gamble that they usually lose. I doubt she'll ever wear that shirt in public.

  7. I have no idea why gluttony is rewarded and honestly do we really feel like celebrating the "winners" in these cases? So you ate an entire 2 foot sandwich are you kidding me? Even if the people were cheering when she did it, I'm sure in the back of their minds they were ridiculing her for being able to complete the sandwich.

  8. eek...we have a similar one near here..a mixing bowl full of noodle. Like everyone else I have always had trouble watching those eating competitions. Why? when we know it is soo not good for us and in fact even dangerous do we do a lot of things?


  9. Ok this is coming from a different perspective here... Being the larger girl, why in the HELL would I EVER want to point out I could and would do that?? And then get the tshirt and wear it?? I was always trying to hide my weight NOT reinforce the fact that I overate. Why would I want more attention to the fact I am fat? You know??

  10. How does a person pose for this picture? I agree with Lisa, I was NEVER proud of the amount of food I could eat... There sure as heck would be a picture and T-shirt to prove it.

  11. For a tshirt and a picture.... Ah no!!
    And eww

  12. I think it has something to do with the way our society feels everyone needs to be rewarded in some way. Like every kid getting a ribbon at a field day or something? 'They' feel everyone is good at something, even if that is binge eating, in public for a t-shirt and your picture on the wall. Kind of yucky!!


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