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Ready? Set? Eat!

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Crazy Legs Conti (third from left) and Sonya Thomas (second from right) compete at the World Lobster Eating Championship in Kennebunkport, Maine (Courtesy of MLE)


From left to right: Eric Booker, Sonya Thomas, Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi, Chip Simpson and Pat Bertoletti at the 2006 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Circuit (Matt Roberts/ Courtesy of MLE)

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While competitive eaters get ready for prime-time media attention, doctors warn that the sport is dangerous to our health.