In what has to be the most brazen act of supreme hypocrisy, NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the annual weigh-in for Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, just weeks after moving to ban soda sales in his city.
In June, prior to Bloomberg attending the hot dog eating contest, the Mayor spoke out in support of National Donut Day.
American competitive eating contests are contemporary extensions of Rome’s worship of gluttony — Rome is well known for having banquets in which Romans would purged food by vomiting to make room for more.
But the current pop culture version of Roman overindulgence is even more revolting, because Rome’s emphasis was on the sensual enjoyment of food, not today’s hollow and frenzied rush to speedily gorge food in a mindless contest.
Roman eating and purging at banquets was based on pleasure enhancement, not the practice of gluttony measured by the fastest time in a garish theatrical spectacle for a thrill seeking audience.
For Bloomberg to claim he’s championing the fight against obesity by banning soda, salt, and transfats in his city, while at the same time promoting National Donut Day and competitive hot dog eating contests, is simply laughable
As a rhetorical reminder, donuts are fried sugar packed dough, and hotdogs are processed meat, mired in fat.
The Mayor has made an idiotic mockery of his pledge to fight obesity, and he is an affront to those who truly struggle with obesity from day to day.
When confronted with his pathetic hypocrisy, the Mayor hides behind the age-old epithet “everything in moderation” — and claims one hotdog or one donut won’t hurt.
Bloomberg said there’s nothing wrong with the occasional fast-food meal. “Having it occasionally is fine. If you want to eat 65 hot dogs in 10 minutes, that’s even fine. Just don’t do it more than once a year and you won’t have a problem.”
To truly appreciate the abject stupidity of Bloomberg’s comment, consider that eating 65 hotdogs in one sitting can leave a person weighing 15 pounds more than when he or she started eating — not to mention all the other associated health risks discussed here.
Furthermore, for those battling obesity, eating 65 hotdogs in 10 minutes even once a year could be extremely hazardous, not only because of the added 15 pounds, but also because some people chronically struggling to lose weight are addicted to food like alcoholics are addicted to alcohol.
And just as one drink can put an alcoholic over the edge, one hotdog or donut can put an addicted eater over the edge which may lead a weak-willed dieter to slip up and go on an eating binge.