Sumo Wrestlers Eat Up To 7,000 Calories A Day, But Don't Typically Suffer From Symptoms Of Obesity


Sumo wrestlers, who weigh 300-400 pounds, eat two to three times as much as the average adult. While that doesn’t sound like the healthiest lifestyle, you can’t judge a book by its cover. People with obesity normally store a portion of their extra fat deep inside the abdomen, where it wraps around the pancreas, liver, and other vital organs. This is called “visceral fat” and it pollutes the blood with molecules that can cause inflammation that leads to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. CT scans of sumo wrestlers reveal that they don't have much visceral fat at all. Instead, they store most of their fat right underneath the skin, which is why scientists believe sumo wrestlers are healthy. Mind you, sumo wrestlers get a lot of exercise, with training beginning as early as 5 a.m. and lasting up to five hours straight. It’s when a sumo wrestler retires that he must seriously cut calories to ward off cardiovascular disease.