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Patch.com reports that a playground will be built in Clark, NJ in honor of Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on March 30, 2017.
Some sad news from Stephanie Wu: she has discovered that her throat issues were symptoms of thyroid cancer and has terminated her restaurant challenge tour to focus on her health. Ed "Cookie" Jarvis was diagnosed with thryoid cancer in 2010 which was removed by surgery.
Former boxer Mario Melo passed away after competing in a croissant eating contest in Pinamar, Argentina. In 1990 he faced off against Michael Moorer for the WBA light heavyweight world title. The 56 year old was believed to have diabetes. updateTMZ has an article with a video of the incident (warning: disturbig)
The Hartford Courant reports that the family of Caitlin Nelson is suing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for allowing a pancake eating contest on March 30, 2017 that resulted in her death following choking. The objective of the lawsuit is not just to exact monetary damages, but to "expose the danger of amateur eating contests and to prevent other families from experiencing such a tragedy".
An emergency at an eating contest will be an incident in tonight's episode of 9-1-1 on FOX.
Mens Health has an interview with Erik "The Electric" Lamkin about recovery from his eating disorder.
A man was hospitalized after swallowing a ghost pepper in an eating contest in Brighton, England. The unnamed competitor was facing off against Shahina Waseem, who is undefeated in spicy eating contests.
Reflector.com has an interview with Mort Hurst about his decision to not defend his title at the Collard Festival in Ayden, NC. His 2017 victory was his first competition in about 25 years after suffering a stroke in 1991.
The American Gastroenterology Association has a blog entry about an article in the June issue of Gastroenterology documenting a hospitalization after a 7 pound burger was eaten in 30 minutes.
Nate Figueroa produced a video of him attempting the Stack Attack burger challenge at Shula Burger in Delray Beach, FL with Juan Neave and Darron Breeden, whose attempt at setting the house record was impeded by choking during the meal.
A unnamed man was hospitalized with RCVS, temporary artery narrowing in the brain which can produce painful headaches after he ate a Carolina Reaper pepper, billed as the world's spiciest. Five weeks after the incident, his brain had returned to normal accordint to a CT scan.
The Zambia Daily Mail reports that Nkole Mulambia, an 11 year old student died after choking during an eating contest held at his school.
Foodbeast.com has a writeup of an interview Adam Richman did with Mike Chen of Strictly Dumpling. The former Man v. Food host claims that Munchies in Sarasota, FL put an entire bottle of ghost chili extract into its 420 hot wings challenge, which made breathing difficult.
The Hindu reports that a 14 year old girl passed away in Neelankarai, India after fainting in a samosa eating contest she was having with friends. This is the second competitive eating fatality in India in 2018.
Health.com has an article titled "Is it Dangerous to Eat Really Hot Peppers?"
Tamil.samayam.com reports that a competitor in an idly eating contest in Pudukkottai, India passed away after choking. Vikatan.com and puthiyathalaimurai.com also have articles. update Jan 18 New Indian Express has an English article which states that the competition did not allow entrants to drink. update Jan 22 The International Business Times has an article giving the name of the deceased as S Chinnathambi
An interview with Mort Hurst after he returned to competitive eating after a quarter century absence followning a 1991 stroke is one of the News and Observer's favorite videos of 2017.
Popular Science has a column asking "Is it possible to eat so much that your stomach explodes?" which claims that there have been six documented cases of stomach rupture due to overeating.
Newtown Bee has a report on the "Celebration of Kindness and day of remembrance" held in Newtown, CT on October 27 to honor Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in March.
Heeb Magazine reposted a 2010 article about Jewish competitive eating focusing on "Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz also containing quotes from Brian Seiken and Don Lerman. The article raises the possibility if digestive disorders like Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which are more likely to affect Jews, are holding back Jewish competitive eaters.
The Odyssey Online has an article about mukbang eating videos with a quote from Erik "The Electric" Lamkin.
The Scottish Sun reports that Elizabeth Branning was hospitalized after she ate a Carolina Reaper pepper, billed as the world's spiciest, in a charity challenge.
RIP "Tiny" Tim Rauscheder, who passed away on October 30 according to these youtube comments. LA Beast confirmed the passing on twitter. 2013 Cleveland.com article about Tim.
The second part of BBC's World Service Food Chain podcast about competitive eating is available online. This program focuses on the health aspects of competitive eating with Erik Lamkin discussing his history with eating disorders. Andrei Sidorov also attempts the Iron Pig Challenge at Porky's BBQ.
Mort Hurst returned from a quarter-century absence from competitive eating with a win at the Ayden (NC) Collard Festival. Hurst gained fame for his eating exploits in the late 1980s, then put his career on hiatus after suffering a stroke in 1991. Reflector.com has an article about his comeback. update WNCT has an article
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