Nicola Peate is still recovering from a dislocated jaw she sustained while attempting to bite into a triple-patty burger that pokes fun at fat American youths.
While on a night out at Almost Famous Burgers & Booze in Liverpool, Peate ordered the “Kids in America” burger, which comes complete with pretzels, candied bacon, and three beef patties.
While attempting to get her mouth around the sandwich, Peate says she experienced a sudden tongue “cramp.” Being a trooper, the 25-year-old still tried to finish her food with a fork and knife, but found that her mouth could no longer fully open.
The pain later spread to the rest of her head, and by the following day she realized she needed to seek medical attention. An X-ray confirmed her suspicion: She had dislocated her jaw. “I didn’t think I’d dislocated it – you don’t expect it to happen eating a burger,” she told the Press Association. A doctor was able to realign her face with a quick thumb maneuver, and the pain immediately dissipated.
Peate suffers from a condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, meaning her joints are hyper-flexible. The downside being that she has a higher risk of dislocation. She was warned not to yawn too widely over the next two weeks, and to eat smaller hamburgers.
Being a “social media manager” by trade, some accused Peate of staging a stunt for a client. She denied the claims, tweeting “I do like my job but not enough to dislocate my jaw for a client haha.”