First Eat This, Not That! told you about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 1,117-calorie Churro Dog, then we brought you the Minnesota Twins' 759-calorie College Daze Bloody Mary. And just when we thought ballpark foods couldn’t get any worse, we caught wind of a troubling MLB trend: All-You-Can-Eat stadium seating.
Although these upper-deck sections have been around for the past eight years, they are more popular now than ever. And it’s clear why: Baseball and gluttony are two of America's favorite pastimes. A typical seat runs about $30 and gives fans access to—you guessed it—unlimited amounts of hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and soft drinks. (Beer, candy and Pepto Bismol are extra.) What’s worse, some people feel compelled to “get their money’s worth” by gorging on as much food as possible or partaking in fan-organized hot dog eating contests. Yikes!
Sure, everyone isn’t going quite that overboard, but Ron Ranieri, the general manager of concession at the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, estimates that a typical all-you-can-eat customer downs 3.35 hot dogs, one 20-ounce soda, a 7.9-ounce bag of peanuts, one 3-ounce order of nachos and 32 ounces of popcorn. That adds up to a whopping 5,540 calories–the equivalent to 19 Burger King Bacon Cheeseburger Deluxe sandwiches.
Considering our nation is in the midst of an obesity crisis, this definitely isn’t a trend we can get behind. If you tend to have trouble with portion control, steer clear of these sections at all cost! If you think you’ll stop eating after a hot dog and a handful of peanuts, by all means, enjoy, but we advise that you cut yourself off there—especially if you want to keep obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other diet-related diseases at bay.