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Shocking! This Girl Has To Eat Every 15 Minutes!

An American girl, who suffers from a rare and undiagnosed syndrome that prevents her from putting on weight, has to eat every 15 minutes in order to stay alive. Lizzie Velasquez, 21, from Texas, who is a communications student, weighs just 25.4 kg and has almost zero per cent body fat, but is not anorexic. This, despite 60 small meals a day, consisting of between 5,000 and 8,000 calories daily. Velasquez had been born four weeks prematurely and doctors found there was minimal amniotic fluid protecting her in the womb. Genetic experts could not diagnose her illness, and her case fascinated doctors all over the world. Now she is part of a study run by Professor Abhimanyu Garg in Dallas. Garg believes Velasquez may have Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome which causes accelerated ageing, fat loss from the face and body. People with PRS often have triangular and prematurely aged faces with pointy nose.

Lizzie said: “I weigh myself regularly and if I gain even one pound I get really excited. I eat every 15-20 minutes to keep my energy levels up. I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic. When I meet new people I have to say: ‘Hi, I’m Lizzie and I have this rare syndrome, I am NOT anorexic’.”

Lizzie has a brother Chris, 12, and a sister Marina, 15, who are both normal.She was born four weeks prematurely – weighing just 2lb 10oz.

Lizzie’s parents said: “They told us they had no idea how she could have survived. They told us she would never be able to walk, talk or have a normal life. We had to buy dolls’ clothes from the toy store because baby clothes were too big.”

Despite what her appearance might suggest, Lizzie’s brain, bones, internal organs… developed normally, but she nearly died twice: once when her appendix ruptured at 16 and another time at 19, because her blood cells were not multiplying properly (she was critically anemic).Lizzie was born with two brown eyes, but when she was four, her right eye began to change of color and she became blind from that eye.

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  • guest

    That’s rude!
    I can see how you’re thinking, but she might have some good times in her life despite all this, so I don’t think she should be killed.

  • Danielle Kenehan

    Maybe you should research before you comment? This is not BS, I know plenty of americans who say crisps rather than chips, I also know that this woman really is suffering from this condition. You’re on the net, with an usefull little google bar in the corner… Use it.

  • GG

    i still think she is truly beautiful. obviously she has some intense drive on the inside to keep pushing on and on. when you first look at her she obviously looks a lot different from the rest of us, but she has some pretty features, and her smile is beautiful and genuine. all of you assholes should be jealous of this beautiful woman. she contributes so much more than you ever would: INSPIRATION. she was put on this planet for a reason, if God didn’t want her living she wouldn’t be living. work on your beauty (inside and out) before you start judging hers. may God bless her and keep her warm<3

  • Lolno.

    I fail to see how it is obvious. You’re probably one of those people who think we have a little man up in the sky deciding our fate. It’s genetics, read into it.

  • Jackasshole

    She should go as a Spitter (Left 4 Dead 2) for halloween. Imk just sayin work with what ya got…

  • D197249

    the way you think is exactly the way hitler thought…

  • Proflames

    You guys are fucked up, what if she has a cure to make people not gain weight? im sure you fatasses sitting on your ass all day would want it. God puts everyone on this earth for a reason and he gives everyone an obstacle to overcome.Her being alive is proof he exist, i hope you fuckers rot in the ground and get hanged for saying such shit..I would cut your tongues and feed them to the homeless

  • warren82

    Here’s the thing… This girl is an author and a motivational speaker… do your research on her before you make stupid assumptions that solidify your standing as one of the useless in this world… Religion and ‘inner beauty’ aside, she contributes to socity even with her disabilities, on a very large scale… what do you do, aside from not educating yourself on subjects you feebly try to sound educated about? Seriously, I’d like to know. Go climb back under that rock from which you came and keep your mouth closed until you have something intelligent to say.

  • Jalen Yoho

    your all wrong humans gave up all rights to life on this planet a long time ago if you ask me humans dont have the right to live in fact they almost never did you think your tech will save you from the hell you have created your wrong time to forget about yourselves humans its time to grow the rest of the world. oh and if it makes you feel any better if i had the power id kill every human on the planet including myself your all worthless in the real reality deal with it.

  • Jalen Yoho

    Fuck your society time for reality

  • Jalen Yoho

    remember these words Humans dont have the right to live anymore

  • Jalen Yoho

    god isnt real never was humans die goodbye

  • Jalen Yoho

    no god humans die

  • Jalen Yoho

    one last time humans…………………………. just die the earth is to important to be wasted on your selfish desires die or go away