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EZMONEY
06-16-2010, 03:01 PM
I was channel surfing and although I have never seen this show before I have heard a little about it.

I just watched this guy drink a 6 pound milkshake and eat 7.5 pounds of meat in a sandwich...

tons of heavy and skinny people rooting him on....

very chubby kids cheering him on too...


What in the heck is wrong with us??


sunflowergirl68
06-16-2010, 03:21 PM
Don't hate on Man vs Food! I LOVE that show!

The point of the show is for him (the host) to go around to all the best chow-down places in the US, and to the places with the competitions. And they're all mom-and-pop locally owned places, so they get coverage and people then go visit them.

It's a great show and I've actually visited a few places that he's gone to and they're really good restaurants. The host is a foodie and said he's held every job in the restaurant business and basically loves finding new places.

EZMONEY
06-16-2010, 04:02 PM
lol...SUNFLOWER...

not hating on the guy....I actually have found the few shows I have just seen, as I do chores, somewhat entertaining...

the food looks great!

Would love to try it all!!!

but again I say....

WHAT'S WRONG WITH US!!


Quiet Ballerina
06-16-2010, 04:13 PM
Don't watch the show so I don't know if there's a reason behind it...

but why can't he just go to the places and eat normal amounts? What's the point in a 6 pound milkshake?

dragonwoman64
06-16-2010, 04:30 PM
probably too boring to watch someone eat a regular milkshake

sunflowergirl68
06-16-2010, 04:31 PM
Because it's called Man Vs Food. He does go to other places and eats normal amounts. He usually goes to two restaurants per episode, per city, one is just a good eatery and the other has some sort of competition. Hence the 6-lb milkshake. It depends on where he goes, some places have HUGE portions and others have extremely spicy dishes you have to eat. At one place he had to eat five habanero fritters in five minutes.

Its fun and entertaining to watch and gives you a place to go and eat if you visit the city he went to.

My fiance said it's really a guy thing, the whole eating large portions in a competition. I don't get it, I'd never do anything like that.

GradPhase
06-16-2010, 07:27 PM
M vs F came to Alaska during the huge "It's Tougher In Alaska" craze and did a show at a place really close to where I work. It's a place lots of locals go to, and now it's getting even more business as tourist season hits. We're happy for the publicity!


But I completely agree. Gluttony, anyone? It's no wonder we're so fat when we not only indulge in such an insane caloric intake ourselves - but we glorify it and even watch it as a re-run in our spare time. Likely while also binging, ourselves. Food Network always makes me want to munch!

EZMONEY
06-16-2010, 09:24 PM
I watched a few more shows today because of the marathon leading up to the new season...

I find it hilarious...entertaining...and disgusting all in one!

ATTENTION MODERATORS ~ If you are not asleep at the wheel could I get an A between m & n in the title....

dang spell check let me down again! :mad:

Magrat
06-18-2010, 08:57 PM
My fiance said it's really a guy thing, the whole eating large portions in a competition. I don't get it, I'd never do anything like that.

Has your fiance ever heard of Sonya Thomas? She's a competitive eater with 37 world records. Incidentally she weighs just 97 pounds.

Onederchic
06-18-2010, 09:02 PM
I have to admit, I have watched the show, more than once :o :D

blindcantaloup
06-18-2010, 09:19 PM
That show is like porn for overeaters. I live in Springfield, IL and he did an episode here in town.. I've been to 1 of the 3 restaurants and it was delicious but very unhealthy!

Serval87
07-22-2010, 05:22 AM
Gluttony, anyone? It's no wonder we're so fat when we not only indulge in such an insane caloric intake ourselves - but we glorify it and even watch it as a re-run in our spare time. Likely while also binging, ourselves. Food Network always makes me want to munch!

My thoughts exactly.

KforKitty
07-22-2010, 06:26 AM
No I don't get it but then I don't get food competitions. I suppose for many its vicarious gluttony but frankly it just makes feel sick.

Kitty

niafabo
07-22-2010, 10:16 AM
I love the show but I can't watch it. Gives me the serious urge to binge.

Glory87
07-22-2010, 11:35 AM
After he went to Hash House a Go Go in Las Vegas, we went to the San Diego location. The portions are big but the food is GREAT. We were glad to find out a gem was in SD (He also went to the Broken Yolk in San Diego, but we already knew that place was great).

Hash House! (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2037800&id=1401845193&l=2bc79b2b9b)

CMR
07-22-2010, 11:48 AM
Thanks to my mother, I have seen this show before. Gotta admit, the food looks delish but the gigantic quantities he eats is just ridiculous.

EZMONEY
07-22-2010, 09:49 PM
GLORY my daughter and son in law love the Hash House...I have never been there.

I posted this thread over a month ago...

I have seen many more shows since...

I like it :)

but it still concerns me our fascination with this type of television...

as we get bigger and bigger as a nation....

JayZeeJay
07-22-2010, 10:03 PM
I agree with the above posts about the show being somewhat entertaining and supporting local businesses, but what it says about us as a whole is a bit disturbing.
I was channel surfing the other night and there were THREE different channels simultaneously playing shows about cake. And one channel had yet ANOTHER show about cake following the one currently shown. Really, we have to have a half-dozen shows about cake??? Why?

jamieheld
07-22-2010, 10:05 PM
I occasionally see this show because my husband watches it. I always wonder how in the world he can stuff that much food in without getting sick and...um... losing it. I wonder if he can get full/satisifed off of a normal size meal even?

GoldenLeaf
07-22-2010, 10:10 PM
My fiance said it's really a guy thing, the whole eating large portions in a competition. I don't get it, I'd never do anything like that.


Yeah, I think it is a guy thing and not necessarily about gluttony or obesity crises or the like.

When my boyfriend's bestie left town to move to a different state they held a cheeseburger eating competition to celebrate (just the boys, no girls invited, thank goodness). The guy that won was this skinny creature who runs half marathons and runs on the beach for an hour every day. He most certainly doesn't eat 12 cheeseburgers in 5 minutes every day. It was how they chose to farewell their friend.

Bizarre, yes. Weird, yes. Gross, yes. Funny, kind of. But gluttony...? Not really.

mandalinn82
07-22-2010, 10:39 PM
I think it's part of a larger shift in "food television", away from shows that taught you how to cook (Julia Child, the Galloping Gourmet, and even early Food Network shows like Emeril) and toward what I call "Food as Spectator Sport"...the "Iron Chef", "Food Network Challenge", "Dinner: Impossible", and "Ace of Cakes" sort of shows where one isn't watching to learn how to cook, but to see something incredible/outlandish in the world of food.

This has seemed to go along with a general sense of "cooking is a rare talent" thinking...the same thinking that means if I serve a simple roast chicken for dinner, people fawn over it like I've repainted the Mona Lisa. Restaurant meals become the norm and "cooking" has gone the way of football...something you watch on TV, but only do on Thanksgiving.

It makes me sad

therex
07-23-2010, 01:08 AM
I think it's part of a larger shift in "food television", away from shows that taught you how to cook (Julia Child, the Galloping Gourmet, and even early Food Network shows like Emeril) and toward what I call "Food as Spectator Sport"...the "Iron Chef", "Food Network Challenge", "Dinner: Impossible", and "Ace of Cakes" sort of shows where one isn't watching to learn how to cook, but to see something incredible/outlandish in the world of food.

This has seemed to go along with a general sense of "cooking is a rare talent" thinking...the same thinking that means if I serve a simple roast chicken for dinner, people fawn over it like I've repainted the Mona Lisa. Restaurant meals become the norm and "cooking" has gone the way of football...something you watch on TV, but only do on Thanksgiving.

It makes me sad

you bring up a great point. micheal pollan wrote an article i think is worth noting on how there is a direct correlation with obesity and these kinds of programs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/magazine/02cooking-t.html?_r=1&ref=michael_pollan

Natasha1534
07-23-2010, 01:55 AM
I like the show, but sometimes it almost makes me sick. There was 1 show where he had to eat an 11 pound pizza...11 pounds!!! He split it w/ another guy and it's the only time I've ever seen him not finish a competition. I don't understand why he doesn't weight 600 pounds, though!!! LOL

On a side note...what's aykm???

audrina
07-23-2010, 01:57 AM
I watch this show but it always makes me feel sick. I really like seeing the places he goes and like when the chiefs talk about the food but I HATE watching him gorge himself.

And to watch him gain weight over the seasons ... he'll die an early death. I'm sure of it. And I don't like that we all cheer him on his way to that.

JayZeeJay
07-23-2010, 12:03 PM
Mandalinn, that is a seriously insightful comment! I could never have verbalized it like that. That shift is very apparent in TV programming lately.
And I dream of having a good, old school how-to-cook cooking show for vegetarian and vegan food exclusively (but I'll save that rant for that forum).

ANOther
07-23-2010, 12:07 PM
aykm? I don't see it listed on the acronym sticky

TJFitnessDiva
07-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Ironically I never watched this show until I got to my goal weight lol It's fascinating and disgusting at the same time.

mandalinn82
07-23-2010, 01:15 PM
AYKM = Are You Kidding Me

At least, I think so.

Kimberly7467
07-23-2010, 03:56 PM
I really like this show. I think Adam is a very likeable guy and I like the profiles he does of the restaurants in the cities he goes to. The food challenges he does are food challenges. He's not trying to advocate eating like that at every meal. He's not a huge guy (maybe a little chubby) so he probably only eats like that when he's doing a challenge for the show every few weeks or so. I personally would never do a food challenge because I know it would be a waste of time for me as I physically can't eat that much but I do look forward to visiting some of the featured restaurants and trying some of the interesting foods they profile. :)

Natasha1534
07-23-2010, 04:52 PM
AYKM = Are You Kidding Me

At least, I think so.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...that makes sense!!! Thanks!!!

Augustine
07-23-2010, 04:56 PM
Never seen it, but I'm not so sure the tv itself aids quite handily to weight gain, so I stay away from it and the couch as much as possible.

ANOther
07-23-2010, 05:36 PM
AYKM = Are You Kidding Me

At least, I think so.

Sounds good enough. Thanks

EZMONEY
07-23-2010, 09:14 PM
AYKM = Are You Kidding Me

At least, I think so.

YEP! :)

therex
07-23-2010, 09:32 PM
i feel kind of bad for him sometimes, it must be hard to eat so much food. i've seen him get progressively chubbier through the course of the show, i'm sure maintaining or losing weight is impossible with being the host of the show.

Onederchic
07-23-2010, 09:52 PM
I am watching the show at this very moment. I happen to think most of the food looks tasty and definitely foods I would have eaten without a moment's thought in the past but like to believe I would not do so now. As for Adam, he isn't a turn off or turn on for me but I will agree that each season he seems a bit uhh heavier :o :D