Big Burgers in Taiwan cause Jaw Injuries

November 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM Leave a comment

Apparently there’s another reason not to bite off more than you can chew: an increase in jaw injuries from noshing on supersized hamburgers.

According to the British Broadcasting Company, a Taiwanese university professor has determined that large hamburgers are the cause of the rising number of jaw injuries. Hsu Ming-lung, of the National Yang-Ming University, has found that patients are having trouble opening their mouths after eating giant hamburgers in some Taiwan eateries. Difficulties arise when diners try to eat burgers taller than 3 inches.

Hsu said a human mouth is designing to gape over objects measuring up to 1 1/2 inches and overextension, such as in an effort to bite into a giant burger, can injure the joint between the jawbone and the temporal bone in front of the ears.

He called on fast-food restaurants in Taiwan to limit the size of their hamburgers to prevent the public from quite literally biting off more than they can chew, according to a news release via the Journal of the California Dental Association.

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