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Pro Eating Champ

It's a Very Dangerous Sport

... Period.

7/10/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Competitive eating is a dangerous sport -- and shouldn't be taken lightly -- because choking accidents like the tragedy in South Dakota are far too common ... so says pro eating champ Molly Schuyler.

Schuyler -- who's competed in contests involving steaks, wings, hot dogs and more -- tells TMZ Sports it's essential for competitive eaters to make sure there are trained medics on hand whenever they compete ... something that doesn't always happen. 

"Mom and pop shops don’t usually want to spend the money for [medical personnel] ... Schuyler says ... warning amateurs to NOT COMPETE in events that aren't properly staffed with EMTs. 

In fact, Schuyler says even with all of her years of experience ... she's had scares from choking on food during competitions. 

Several pro eating leagues -- including Major League Eating -- mandate emergency medical personnel be present for any speed-eating event ... even 30 second media exhibitions.

As we previously reported, a man died in SD on July 3rd after choking during an amateur hot dog eating contest. Officials say by the time emergency personnel arrived to the scene, it was too late. 

Schuyler says she hopes organizers can learn from the tragedy to better protect competitors in the future. 

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19 COMMENTS

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Jusscallmezj    

Oh give me a ****ing break. Don't go calling this crap a sport now. Please

51 days ago
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I just wanted to comment    

I'm not going to dispute that this is a competition, a contest, even a game. But if this eating is a sport, then what's to say sleeping isn't one either?

51 days ago
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Bridget    

Wow how sad. I came up with a solution to save those unfortunate competitive eaters though. Stop shoving food into your mouth like a pig. And when you can compete sitting on your butt, in your cheetos stained sweat pants, it isn't a sport.

51 days ago
4.

Mare    

So now shoving food in your mouth is a "sport"???

51 days ago
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Drizzz.    

It's a sport know?! Jheez. I'm a fat bitch and can hoover it quick. I'm only an agent away from £100,000,000 a year.

51 days ago
6.

bart    

This is far from being a sport and should be banned in every state and country. It is a very unhealthy activity forced upon your body for a prize or a trophy or for others to get enjoyment out of watching you get very sick and make fun of you.

51 days ago
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my4girrrrls    

It's not a sport. It's glorified gluttony and it's pretty disgusting to watch imo. To call it a sport is a slap in the face to true athletes

51 days ago
8.

Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Who knew?!

51 days ago
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krazyinvt    

Sport?! Shoving food down your throat till you puke or choke....is not sport. Its vile and disguiating. In this world where obesity is a huge health risk, this is the last thing we should be celebrating. Should be banned.

51 days ago
10.

Dave    

Perhaps you should follow your mother's advice and chew your food.

51 days ago
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Hanna Snowdon-Sykes    

If this sport is so dangerous why don't they get rid of it and save our minds from the pain of that disgusting image of shoving food down your throat just to throw it up later. Smh.

51 days ago
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reallydotdotdot    

First world problems.

51 days ago
13.

shewentwhoa    

What I don't understand is they did CPR on the guy... Why not do the heimlich maneuver

51 days ago
14.

FREEDOM    

ITS A SPORT. GOT IT!!!!

51 days ago
15.

FREEDOM    

THERE'S DEATHS AND INJURIES IN ALL SPORTS..

51 days ago
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