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Competitive speed eating: truth and consequences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17715117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our investigation was to assess the stomachs of a world-class speed-eating champion and of a control subject during a speed-eating test in our gastrointestinal fluoroscopy suite to determine how competitive speed eaters are able to eat so much so fast.
CONCLUSION: Our observations suggest that successful speed eaters expand the stomach to form an enormous flaccid sac capable of accommodating huge amounts of food. We speculate that professional speed eaters eventually may develop morbid obesity, profound gastroparesis, intractable nausea and vomiting, and even the need for a gastrectomy. Despite its growing popularity, competitive speed eating is a potentially self-destructive form of behavior.
Marc S Levine; Geoffrey Spencer; Abass Alavi; David C Metz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  189     ISSN:  1546-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-23     Completed Date:  2007-09-18     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  681-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Competitive Behavior / physiology*
Feeding Behavior / physiology*
Gastrointestinal Contents / radiography*
Sports / physiology*
Stomach / physiology*,  radiography*

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