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A new playground in Clark, NJ was dedicated to Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest on April 2, 2017 at Sacred Heart University.
ABC.net.au has an article about Australian competitive eating focusing on the health risks faced by participants.
Unscrambled.sg reports that a Japanese woman passed away last week after choking during the "Onigiri challenge", an attempt at eating a rice ball without drinking in under 30 seconds. The incident was livestreamed on her youtube channel. (translated Korean article).

Takeru Kobayashi defends Chronic Taco title

update April 12
Full official results have been posted:

1st 157 Takeru Kobayashi
2nd 146 Molly Schuyler
3rd 107 Dan “killer” Kennedy
4th 94 Jesse Pynnönen
5th 78 David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli
6th 59 Kevin Ross
7th 47 Naader “Freak8r” Reda
8th 41 Jimmy “The Spicialist” Lin

Naader Reda has uploaded a video of his choking incident

update #2 The Los Angeles Daily News has a contest report giving the official results as
1) Takeru Kobayashi 157 tacos
2) Molly Schuyler 146 tacos

Naader Reda required the Heimlich maneuver during the contest, but completed the competition.

Takeru Kobayashi ate 157 tacos in 10 minutes to defend his Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge title at the Sabroso Taco Fest in Dana Point, CA. update Eric Anderson has a video of the contest. Kobayashi and Molly Schuyler were announced as having both eaten 160 tacos at the conclusion of the competition.

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24 year old beauty therapist Bethan Gaskin passed away after she choked after attempting to see how many Jaffa Cakes she could fit in her mouth in Bourne, England on February 22.
Znak.com reports that a 45 year old man died on March 8 while competing in a pancake eating contest in Vladimir, Russia. (via XSovietNews)
Men's Health has an article about the health consequences of big-eating mukbang videos focusing on Erik "The Electric" Lamkin and Nikocado Avocado.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski announces that he will undergo surgery tomorrow to have his remaining testicle removed in order to excise a cancerous mass. Let's hope this finally knocks out the condition which has afflicted him over the past four years.
MEL magazine has an article titled "Competitive Eating is Basically Getting Paid to Have an Eating Disorder" with quotes from Erik Lamkin, Randy Santel and Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, who says that MLE asked him to sit out competitions due to health concerns.
The Wall Street Journal has an article about the South Korean government's plans to regulate Mukbang videos, which it claims are contributing to a rise in obesity levels. (Access via a Google News query to bypass the paywall).
In his latest video, "Furious" Pete Czerwinski announces that he has been diagnosed with an elevated level of HCG, which can be a benchmark of testicular cancer. Let's hope he can get that down to zero soon.
Joel Hansen has uploaded a video of his runner-up finish at the Supreme Donair eating conest at King of Donair in Halifax, NS which includes his choking incident.
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.
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