Health category

TMZ.com reports that Henry "Nacho" Laun, famed for his eating challenges on the A & E series "Wahlburgers" and also a competitor in the 2015 Wing Bowl, died from a cocaine overdose.
Food Theory has a new video titled "Can Too Much Food Pop Your Stomach?"
TMZ.com reports that Henry "Nacho" Laun, co-star of "Wahlburgers" who was famous for his eating challenges on the A & E series and also a competitor in the 2015 Wing Bowl, passed away after experiencing a medical emergency two weeks ago. He was found unconscious in his car while parked at a Massachusetts gas station.
TMZ.com reports that Henry "Nacho" Laun was hospitalized after being found unconscious parked at a gas station in Massachusetts. He did several food challenges on the A & E series "Wahlburgers" including eating a divot from a golf course. He competed in the 2015 Wing Bowl using the name "Nacho Extreme".
eCelebrityMirror has a post about "Furious" Pete Czerwinski's battle against testicular cancer. He is currently in remission.
ABC30 reports that Marshall Hutchings is suing the Fresno Grizzlies for hosting a taco eating competition on August 13, 2019 that resulted in the death of his father, Dana Hutchings. The prize was a spot in the MLE taco eating contest that was to have taken place at the Taco Truck Throwdown scheduled for August 17.
Mashed.com has an article about Mort Hurst, who held the record for Moon Pies. He retired from competitive eating after a stroke and other health issues.
Mashed.com has an article about Dominick "The Doginator" Cardo and the health issues that resulted in his retirement in 2006.
A lawsuit seeking damages of 83 million yen (about $791,000) has been filed by the parents of a man who died after choking in a 2016 Japanese eating contest. He was requested to swallow an onigiri (rice ball) that he had stuffed in his mouth at the close of the contest, which resulted in the incident. (original article)
Mothership.sg reports Chinese mukbang star Sun Yi Xuan passed away from cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 19. He was known for livestreaming his high calorie meals on the Kuaishou app, on which he had over 500,000 followers.
Reemul Balla writes in MyLondon that he was partially deaf for two days after eating a package of spicy ramen. The challenge was inspired by a Matt Stonie video in which he ate 15 packs of Samyang Korean Spicy Noodles.
Mashed.com has a post consisting mainly of quotes from previous articles titled "The health issues Kobayashi has from competitive eating."
Zambia Reports has an article about the death of Happy Kaishala, a 16 year old student at Chabanyama Combined School in Chingola, Zambia, who passed away after competing in a eating contest held at her school.
GazetteLive.co.uk reports the George Pub in Stockton-on-Tees, England received a prohibition notice for holding a British Eating League chilli eating contest on November 7. The restaurant was previously told that its event was not in violation of the current UK coronavirus lockdown due to an exemption for "elite sport played behind closed doors".
Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT has settled a lawsuit with the family of Caitlin Nelson who passed away after choking in a 2017 pancake eating contest held by her sorority. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Teesside Live reports that the Stockton on Tees town council received a complaint about the British Eating League holding a chilli eating contest Saturday during a UK-wide coronavirus lockdown. The league claimed its competition was allowed due to an exemption for elite sports without spectators. The council agreed and will not penalize the organization. update Metro UK, The Daily Mail and Yahoo have articles.
The British Eating League is claiming that the upcoming UK coronavirus lockdown will not apply to their schedule (3 contests later this week) due to an exemption for "elite sport played behind closed doors".
Beth's Cafe in Seattle, home of a famed 12 egg omelet challenge, will suspend operations due to coronavirus mandates. The restaurant hopes to reopen when the restrictions are lifted.

One year anniversary of Juliet Lee’s passing

Today marks the one year anniversary of Fox 5 DC’s article about the passing of Juliet Lee, which was announced on the MLE website the day before. This remains the only significant information about the shock death, with no additional salient media coverage, autopsies, or criminal investigations having been promulgated since that date. A statement about the passing was picked up by Patch.com and several other outlets, which gave a date for the tragedy as September 9, 2019. Several social media comments contradicted that infomation, and gave her final date as August 16, 2019.

Searching the Montgomery County (MD) police database for mid-August 2019 events in Germantown, MD (Juliet’s hometown) brings up the following incident on which appears to correspond to Juliet Lee’s passing. The record is of minimal interest until the penultimate field, which is “SUDDENDEATHUNDETERMIND”. [I have redacted the address field even though it has only a street name and lacks a house number]

Direct linking to the entry is not allowed; if you want to view it for yourself, the easiest way is probably to go the police database website and search for Crime Report #190039103. This brings up the question: if the incident was labeled a crime, what was the result of the criminal investigation? Other unanswered questions include:

  • If the August 16 date is accurate, why did 24 days elapse between the tragedy and any announcement of it?
  • Who contacted Major League Eating about the fatality and when was that information provided?
  • Was Juliet Lee transported to a hospital and what medical personnel attended her?
  • Other than the Fox 5 article, why was there minimal media coverage of the incident? As far as I know. the Washington Post (Motto: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”) and its associated social media outlets have made absolutely no mention of Juliet Lee’s passing. (Washington Post search link)
  • Why was the record in the Montgomery County police database categorized as “WORKING CODE” ?
  • Why was Juliet Lee’s husband (or ex-husband), Joe Callow, not mentioned in the statement about her death; Juliet’s daughters are the only relatives mentioned.
  • Juliet Lee’s final video for Major League Eating was uploaded on August 22, six days after August 16. When was that video filmed and who recorded and uploaded it?
  • Why was there was no posting about Juliet Lee’s passing on MLE social media until the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest in July? A post at the bottom of majorleagueeating.com was the sole mention by the organization.

2019 EatFeats post about the fatality. An anonymous comment appears to have some inside information about the incident.

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Shine.cn on big eating video deprecation

Shine.cn has an article about the deprecation of big eating videos on Chinese streaming platforms which mentions the passing of a host in Shenyang, Liaoning Province just before he was to broadcast himself eating a large bowl of pork belly in June. Some Chinese big eaters have rebranded, with @大胃mini (big stomach mini) changing her ID to @梨涡少女mini (dimple girl mini). The article calls into question the authenticity of some of the videos:

In reality, the body simply cannot handle extreme quantities of food every day. To keep viewers, hosts must cheat, either throwing up after the show, or cutting scenes where they spit out food they’ve chewed, making viewers believe they have actually eaten everything.

Loyal followers are very defensive when questions are raised about unusual eating habits, saying their favorite hosts are just “born that way” and there are frequent quarrels with others who question the authenticity of videos.

update Aug 22 The BBC also has an article about the decline of eating videos.

update Aug 24 The New York Times has an article.

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Mashed.com has a list titled "Professional eating champions who were seriously injured" which includes Takeru Kobayashi, Sonya Thomas, Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, and Wayne Algenio. The article does not mention Dana Hutchings passing away after choking in a taco eating contest in Fresno last year or any other competitive eating fatality.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. He is also the organizer of OL Masterminds Summit, a convention for offensive lineman. On July 11, Pro Football Talk criticized a hot wing eating contest held at that event for unsafe practices, which did not receive a positive response from Johnson.

University study on occasional oversize meals

A study by the University of Bath reports that occasional oversized meals do not have an immediate negative health impact on healthy males between the ages of 22 and 37.

Those who volunteered for the trial consumed almost twice as much pizza when pushing beyond their usual limits, doubling their calorie intake.

But the study found the amount of nutrients in their bloodstream kept within normal range.

Researchers say this shows that if an otherwise healthy person overindulges occasionally there are no immediate negative consequences in terms of losing metabolic control.

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