Regarding the Nov. 10 article ” ‘Soba’ slurper’s 399 bowls too tough to beat“: I think the Japanese media’s obsession with eating is a disgrace. The number of television shows with people gorging food, and of bulk-eating competitions, should be banned. In a world where so many people are starving, it just doubly reinforces Japan’s insensitivity and overall “lack of connection” to any other nation or principal other than itself. The other issue of food waste in a country where the number of homeless increases daily is yet another salient issue. It all simply lacks compassion or decency.