Media releaseFrom: The Royal Society
Hot dogs dinner - Competitive eaters may have come within 10 hotdogs of the limits of human performance. This study, using 39 years of data from Nathan’s Famous Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest calculates 84 hotdogs would be the maximum any human can consume in 10 minutes. The world record stands at 74 (21,000 calories) but the average eater would struggle to manage 10.
Just how much can a human being eat? Scientific analysis of 39 years of data from the annual Nathan's Famous Coney Island Hot Dog Eating contest reveals that it is unlikely that anybody can ever eat more than 84 hot dogs in 10 minutes. The current record is 74 hot dogs with buns - equivalent to more than 21,000 calories. Elite eaters train to reach these stunning feats, which likely alter normal, healthy gastrointestinal function. The average person is unlikely to be able to eat more than 10 during this same time period.