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Philadelphia Wing Bowl: This is your brain on chicken wings and beer

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Audience members view contestants during the opening ceremonies at Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, on Friday, Feb. 4.

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David "The Wild Turkey" Barger parades during the opening ceremonies of the Wing Bowl in Philadelphia on Friday.

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Doug "Obi Wing" Petock eats chicken wings during the Wing Bowl in Philadelphia on Friday.

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Jon "Super" Squibb, right, and Bill "El Wingador" Simmons embrace after Squibb was declared the winner of the Wing Bowl in Philadelphia on Friday. Squibb ate 255 chicken wings in the allotted time to win the 19th annual Wing Bowl eating contest, beating out five-time champ Simmons by a single wing.

It's no surprise that Americans are facing an obesity epidemic when around 20,000 people gather to glamorize and celebrate binge eating.

A New Jersey accountant takes home the top prize at the 2011 Wing Bowl, held in Philadelphia, Pa. Msnbc.com's Al Stirrett reports.