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FEELING GUILTY OVER A JULY 4 FEAST? AT LEAST YOU AREN'T JOEY CHESTNUT

CHESTNUT'S VITALS

Height: 6'1" Weight: 230 pounds

11-time winner of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

HOT DOGS EATEN LAST YEAR

74

22,200 CALORIES

IN ORDER TO BURN THAT OFF HE'D HAVE TO DO...

26

HOURS OF JUMPING JACKS

2.8 burned per hour

20

HOURS OF VIGOROUS STATIONARY BIKING

3.67 burned per hour

21

HOURS OF FREESTYLE SWIMMING

3.5 burned per hour

30

HOURS OF PLAYING WII DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION

2.45 burned per hour

SOURCE: WEBMD EXERCISE CALCULATOR

TOP DOGS

When ESPN approached Nicole Lucas Haimes about creating a 30 for 30 about the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, she didn't know such a competition existed. So she sat down and watched a string of winning performances from rivals Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. "I felt awed and queasy at the same time," the filmmaker says. "I was astonished, and it hurt my stomach." But then, she says, "I started to think deeply about what the nature of eating is." She was intrigued.

After spending time with both men (above), Haimes realized the story also touched on issues of belonging and patriotism. (The competition, after all, is an Independence Day staple.) So yes, The Good, The Bad, The Hungry, which premieres on July 3 on ESPN, is full of hot dogs. But it's equally stuffed with humor and heart.