the brain, the pressure of the swelling cells can lead to blood flow interruption. The pressure canalso affect the brain stem, lead to seizures, brain damage, and, in
ase, death (Smith).The latest death was just last year. Edward Archbold, of Florida, died participating in acockroach and worm eating contest. The contest was to see who could eat the most bugs in afour minute period, and the prize, an exotic python (Whigham II). The citizens of his countywere so outraged, that they urged a ban on all food eating competitions. They noted thatalthough this competition was about bug eating, other contests such as the
types could lead to other poor outcomes as well (Barnard). Last year, the winninghot dog eating contestant, Joey Chestnut, ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes (Mazzeo). He couldhave ruptured his stomach or had a heart attack. Just one fatty meal can cause the heart to beatharder, raise blood pressure, increase triglycerides, and stiffen major arteries. Highcholesterol/fatty foods have also been shown to increase cancer chances (Barnard).I beg you to ban all food competitions at your university. Protect the lives of your students
because they will do just about anything to receive something for “free”
. Foodcompetitions are dangerous!
By allowing these “fun” contests on your campus, you are
endangering the lives of your students. If you are not discouraging, you are encouraging or atthe very least promoting obesity. We as schools, we as a nation, and we as individuals need to protect the lives of students and make sure food eating competitions do not have a place inschools. Please restrict your school from having any type of food eating competitions, whether big or small. With your help, lives will not be put at risk.Sincerely yours,Conor Chambers