As reported in “the news” out of Australia, there are a more and more people suffering jaw injuries as restaurants make bigger and bigger burgers. The China Post quoted professor Hsu Ming-lung of the School of Dentistry at National Yang-Ming University (in Taiwan) as saying patients have developed sore jaws and had difficulties opening their mouths after consuming giant burgers. I’m sure it’s not just in Taiwan but maybe they are the first to complain about the cause of jaw injuries being these overwhelming burgers BUT if a burger is big enough to cause a jaw injury then I need to try it.
The most interesting part of the article is the stated fact that 8 cm seems to be the maximum height for a safe burger. According to Hsu, problems can arise when eaters try to eat a hamburger larger than eight centimeters high.
I’d say the most notable jaw injury from eating happened in 2007 to Professional Eater Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi of hot dog eating fame. Kobayashi damaged his jaw by training too hard for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition. Although burgers are typically more work for the jaw, the realization that eating and eating and eating causes jaw wear and tear should make you think twice about forcing that first bite of a new burger. Be warned!