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June 27, 2008

America's Hungriest Woman

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Sonya Thomas at Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Photo Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.com

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SONYA THOMAS is petite and lithe, but her stomach can hold 18 pounds of food. Currently ranked sixth-best eater in the world, Thomas will compete this July 4 in Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, the Super Bowl of stuffing oneself, where she'll try to beat her personal best and down 40 dogs and buns in 12 minutes. We had a few questions for the binge queen.

MC: How did you get your start in competitive eating?

ST: I always knew I could eat more than most people. Then I saw the Nathan's contest on ESPN, and I found out that to compete, you have to win a qualifying contest. I won in New Jersey and went to Nathan's later that year.

MC: How do you prepare?

ST: I don't eat breakfast or lunch, but I eat the same dinner every night: fries, chicken fingers, and a grilled chicken sandwich. The day before a competition, I'll have a salad.

MC: You're not a cheap date.

ST: I may have eaten 522 oysters in a sitting, but I don't need to eat that much all the time! Still, the best place for a date to take me would be an all-you-can-eat buffet. If we went to a French restaurant, it could cost hundreds of dollars before I was finally full.

MC: So where does it all go?

ST: I don't know. Most people think that 300-pound guys can eat the most food, but more often it's skinny people.

MC: What's your day job?

ST: Manager of a Burger King.


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