Lizzie Velasquez, an American girl is unable to put on weight. She is suffering from disorder Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS) that prevents her from gaining weight while she has to eat 60 Meals a Day to stay alive. She need to eat every 15-20 minutes and her meals consists of 5000-8000 calories daily but she does not weighed more than 28 kg in her life.
There are some different kinds of people on this earth and Lizzie Velasquez is one of them. She is 21-year-old from Austin, Texas and wears size triple zero clothes. She 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.”she added “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,”
Lizzie Velasquez has a so rare condition; there are only three known cases in the world which prevents her from gaining weight although she eats up to 60 small meals a day. Velasquez wrote on her website, aboutlizzie.com, “It’s just one big mystery and hopefully one day there will be a miracle and an answer to all our questions,”
Velasquez was born four weeks prematurely and weighed just 2lb 10oz. ds, she wrote ” 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,”
She has minimal amniotic fluid when she was in the womb of her mother, her mother Rita, 45 year old, a church secretary kept tract of her daughter’s health record into dozen’s of notebooks, said doctors has lost hope of her survival.
The Telegraph reports that “she has strong teeth, organs and bones, Velasquez does have significant health problems. She writes that she is blind in one eye, has limited vision in the other, and a very weak immune system, and that “simple cold can bring me down for about 2 weeks.”
“She is part of a genetic study run by Professor Abhimanyu Garg at the University of Texas, who believes Velasquez may have a type of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS) which causes “accelerated aging, fat loss from the face and body, and tissue degeneration.”
Garg said, ” I am aware of a small number of people that have similar conditions to Lizzie but each case is slightly different.”
“She has written a book about herself and aims to become a motivational speaker” according to Lizzie Velasquez’s website
She wrote “God made me the way I am for a reason and I would never change that,” “I lead a normal life as much as possible and deal with the bumps in the road as they come along with my head held high and a smile on my face!”
The book of Lizzie Velasquez will be released on Sept 2010 so check out the book store after september, if you want to know more about her.