ARE COMPETITIVE EATING CONTESTS REALLY WORTH LOSING YOUR LIFE?

posted by Mark Robertson - 

Caitlin Nelson was just 5 years old when her father, James Nelson, a Port Authority police officer, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack. Sixteen years later, tragedy struck the Nelson family again when Caitlin, a student at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, died after apparently choking during a pancake-eating contest. Nelson had eaten four or five pancakes during the March 30 event when she started shaking uncontrollably and collapsed. Police say she spit out some pieces of pancake but was still choking; officers were not able to successfully use the Heimlich maneuver but did physically remove food from Nelson’s throat and performed CPR. Nelson was initially said to be in critical but stable condition and was transferred to a New York hospital Friday, but died Sunday.

Then...a 42-year-old Colorado man choked to death early Sunday during a bakery’s eating challenge after he attempted to eat a half-pound doughnut in 80 seconds or less. Travis Malouff was pronounced dead at the scene. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner cited asphyxia as Malouff’s cause of death, due to obstruction of the airway.

Is this really worth it???

Mark

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