When Burgers Attack: Dinner Dislocates Woman’s Jaw

Just in case you thought there were no near-term health risks associated with eating a crazy hamburger.

Careful, careful. (Photo: Orange County Archieves/Flickr)

Aug 20, 2013· 1 MIN READ
Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

Almost none of the health risks associated with eating a burger are experienced in the near term. The fat, the calories, the carbohydrates—they take a cumulative effect, building up over the course of a number of years’ worth of burgers, sometimes contributing to clogged arteries, heart disease, etc.

It would appear that you could suffer more immediate, dramatic damage, however, if the burger is stacked against you. Meaning the burger is too high. Like three-patties high, which is just how tall the burger that Liverpudlian Nicola Peate recently attempted to take a bite out of at the “burgers & booze” restaurant Almost Famous (no apparent relationship to the phenomenal Cameron Crowe film). In trying to open her mouth wide enough to sink her teeth into her dinner, she dislocated her jaw.

She wasn’t rushed to the hospital. No, her fiancé first finished his “Kids in America” burger, topped with pretzels and candied bacon, before they went home for the night.

“It felt like I had cramp in my tongue, then I started to get an ear ache and a headache. The next morning I woke up and felt really, really ill. The whole side of my head was hurting,” Peate tells The Guardian.

Judging by the restaurant’s menu, Almost Famous’ British-ized take on Americana gets even more questionable than “Kids in America”—both from a health and culinary standpoint. The most recent triple patty burger special listed on its website was the ULTIMATE TRIPP FRICKIN CHEESEBURGER, which included “3 BURGERS CHARRED BUT JUICY ALL BEEF BABY YEAH.” Other specials, which are each introduced with a swear-y comic-strip narrative featuring drunken celebrity faces cut from Page 6, include the likes of The Whole Enchilada—a double burger “topped with jalapeno, red onion, cheddar, tortilla chips, street style Mexican chicken, pepper & cheese melt and enchilada sauce, topped with a mini enchilada.” It has to be at least eight inches tall.

A doctor was able to easily reset Peate’s jaw, although it sounds like this might not have been the first time she’s had to get a joint popped back into place: “Peate has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), which means she has hyper-flexible joints that are unstable and therefore prone to dislocation, so she has visited many hospitals over the years.”