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Women Must Eat Every 15 Mins To Stay Healthy

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Women Must Eat Every 15 Mins To Stay Healthy

Lizzie Velasquez eats 8000 calories in 60 meals a day just to stay alive…

Twenty one year-old Lizzie Velasquez may look like she has a severe case of anorexia but the reality is quite different. She suffers from a rare disease which prevents her from gaining weight.

Velasquez, a communication student, has to eat every 15 mins to stay healthy. And despite consuming between 5000 and 8000 calories in over 60 meals per day, she has never tipped over 4st 3lbs.

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Lizzie Velasquez

5ft 2 inches Miss Velasquez, who wears size triple zero clothes 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.”

Velasquez was born four weeks prematurely weighing just 2lb 10oz:

“I was actually so small that my baby clothes were actually doll clothes from Toys R Us because that’s all that would fit me!”

Miss Velasquez’s mother Rita, 45, a church secretary said: “They told us they had no idea how she could have survived,”

Despite her condition, Miss Velasquez has healthy teeth, bones and organs. She does, however, suffer other health problems including blindness in one eye, limited vision in the other and a weakened immune system. “A simple cold can bring me down for about two weeks,” Velasquez explains on her website.

Doctors speculated Lizzie might have the genetic disorder De Barsy syndrome but soon ruled it out as it became clear she did not have learning difficulties.

“They kept on trying to figure out what was wrong with her but we treated her like any other child,” said Mrs Velasquez, who charted her daughter’s health in dozens of notebooks. She was then taken to see genetic experts but they still could not diagnose her.

Miss Velasquez’s case has fascinated doctors all over the world and she is part of a genetic study run by Professor Abhimanyu Garg, MD, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Professor Garg and his team now believe Lizzie may have a form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS) which causes accelerated ageing, fat loss from the face and body, and tissue degeneration. People with PRS often have triangular and prematurely aged faces with a pointy nose.

He said:

“I am aware of a small number of people that have similar conditions to Lizzie but each case is slightly different…

“We cannot predict what will happen to Lizzie in the future as the medical community are yet to document older people with NPS…

“However Lizzie is lucky to have healthy teeth, organs and bones so the outlook is good. We will continue to study her case and learn from her.”

Miss Velasquez has helped to write a book about her incredible experience, The book is due for release in September.


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  1. Dave Scott says:

    Hi Lizzie, I hope you are doing well.  I was hoping to hear from you from writing to you before, but I am sure you are keeping pretty busy.

    I think you are truly a very amazing person with gorgeous long dark hair (I hope you never cut it), and I admire you very much.  You are not only very brave, but very smart too.  I hope you finish college and achieve everything you set out to do for yourself. 

    I wish I had your intelligence, as I just made it through High School by the seat of my britches. 

    I did join the Navy though and served 20 years of active duty before finally retiring in December of 2008.  I still work for the Navy as a civilian now, but do miss being on active duty.

    I also ran the Marine Corps Marathon a week ago from last Sunday.  It was my first time running it, and it was pretty darn cold that morning (39 degrees, brrrrrrrrr).  It was my 25th marathon that I had run, but I finished rather poorly (in the back of the pack) with a finishing time of 6 hours and 37 minutes.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and hope that maybe when you have the time you will write me back someday.  You can better reach me at my work e-mail at if ever you wanted to write (and I hope you do).

    I hope you never cut that gorgeous long dark hair of yours.

    Take care and god bless you Lizzie.  I hope you will write me back whenever you have the time. 

    Best wishes to you

    Dave Scott

    Chesapeake, Virginia

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