A woman can eat over 16,000 calories in a single day – but you’d never believe it if you looked at her.
Despite being able to scoff a lot of food in one sitting, Katina DeJarnett, 29, tips the scales at 9st and wears a UK size 6.
The professional eater can put away an 11-pound Mexican feast and a seven-pound breakfast dish in one go.
She started competitively eating in 2019 after taking part in a bodybuilding show and found herself hungry during the dieting process.
Katina watched restaurant challenges on YouTube and decided to try one herself after the competition was over.
She bought a camera and filmed herself eating the Fatburger XXXL Kingburger, a cheeseburger with three half-pound patties.
Later Katina, from Washington, US, uploaded the video from the local restaurant challenge on YouTube.
After her success, Katina, who has 30,500 followers on Instagram, started trying more challenges with a task where she scoffed 16,000 calories in just one day.
She now has more than 202,000 loyal YouTube subscribers following her on her quest to tackle food challenges around the world.
In July 2020, she met fellow professional eater Randy Santel, 34, from Missouri, US, while doing a food tour in Alaska.
Now Katina and Randy plan to spend 2021 touring the world together and taking part in global eating challenges.
She said: “Growing up, I always loved food and have always been a big eater.
“I could eat a huge burger and chips faster than my dad when I was six years old, and I’d still ask for seconds.
“I got into bodybuilding, and in April 2019 I competed in a local women’s physique bodybuilding show.
“While preparing for the show, I was always extremely hungry as I was dieting, so I started watching videos on YouTube of competitive eating and food challenges to compensate.”
She continued: “I ended up placing in the top five of the bodybuilding show, and decided to bulk up and gain more muscle – all while putting my huge appetite to use.
“I bought a cheap camera and went along to a local restaurant challenge, which was a relatively small 2-pound burger that had to be eaten in 20 minutes.
“During a challenge, I try to eat as quickly as possible so my stomach doesn’t have time to tell my brain I’m full.”
Despite consuming 16,000 calories, usually Katina eats one large meal a day with leafy green vegetables, wholegrains and protein.
Katina added: “I’m careful to balance my calorie intake, and generally aim to eat between 18,000-22,000 calories per week.
“I’m also active in the gym and take at least 10,000 steps a day, so this and my understanding of nutrition helps me to control my weight.
“I generally only do one food challenge a week, but when my boyfriend and I tour in 2021, it’s likely that we’ll do them more frequently, so I’ll probably gain some weight.”
Katina’s worst food challenge was the Screaming Demon Wings in Washington.
She ate a pound of hot wings with no water and the chicken was covered in spicy gravy that was “incredibly painful” which caused her to feel sick for a week after.
Katina detailed: “But mostly I love doing the challenges. My favourite memory was in Amarillo, Texas, completing the 72-ounce Big Texan Steak challenge.
“I had wanted to try it ever since I was a teenager because the restaurant sets you up on stage, and it is just a very fun environment with a supportive crowd.
“Challenges are a bit like putting on a show, it’s just a blast. I do it for entertainment – and because I love a good challenge.”