Health category

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
NewsObserver.com has a profile of Mort Hurst, whose eating feats achieved notoriety in the late 1980s. He will make a comeback at the Ayden, NC Collard Festival on September 9 after a 1991 stroke resulted in his retirement from competitive eating. update Sept 8article about Hurst's comeback
Malaysian Digest reports that Nigerian college student Borokinni Sunday Pelumi passed away after choking in a bread eating contest held during the birthday celebration of a friend at a hotel in Port Dickson, Malayasia.
Time of India reports that a spicy chilli burger eating contest in Delhi, India resulted in a stomach rupture for the winner, Garv Gupta, that hospitalized him.
An entrant in a spicy chilli pepper eating contest was hospitalized Saturday in a competition in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Despite the incident, a second contest was held today.
The Sporkful has an interview with Tim "Eater X" Janus on how health concerns led to his retirement from competitive eating in 2015. (The first half of the program is a rerun of a 2012 podcast).
A hot dog eating contest at the Route 66 Summerfest in Rolla, MO was terminated yesterday after an entrant needed emergency medical attention. The fate of the competitor is currently unknown. update The Rolla Daily News facebook reports that he is currently at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and listed in stable condition. (via Greg comment)
Newyork.CBSlocal.com reports that 210,606 pounds of supermarket hot dogs have been recalled due to metal contamination. The faulty products are 14 ounce packages of “Nathan’s Skinless 8 Beef Franks” with a use by date of August 19, and 16 ounce packages of “Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks” with a use by date of June 15.
Eater.com produced a video examining the issue of liability for competitive eating injuries and fatalities. The video has a clip of Brian Dudzinski training with water, but does not mention his 2014 hospitalization from that activity.
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