At six foot three inches, Eric Dahl, is a computer engineering student at the University of Wisconsin, who indulges in competitive eating to pay for his tuition fees.
He has done quite well for himself in this field and is third in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings. He has already earned more than $18,000 in prize money which has helped him fund his education.
"I'm eating for my education," he said. "It helps me get through."
He began competitive eating in 2011, at the former Big Red's Steakhouse in Madison. Wanting to really enjoy the free lunch, he entered the challenge to consume a three-pound cheesesteak sandwich in less than 10 minutes. He finished it in a record 5 minutes, 50 seconds.
"It just started rolling from there," he said. "I really get pumped when the crowd starts cheering," he said. "I'm friends with other competitive eaters, but once I'm on stage I don't have any friends."
He keeps himself fit by walking, strength training, soccer and hockey. His daily intake of food is just about 3,100 calories a day, mostly vegetables to keep his waistline trim.