21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       30 Jun 2010       55315       32

Lizzie Velasquez, a 21-year old and 5ft 2in student living in Texas, weighs only 56 pounds (25kg). The thing is, she is not anorexic, she has a very rare condition that prevents her from gaining weight!

To stay healthy, she has to eat around 60 small meals a day, which correspond to 5000-8000 calories. Even though she eats what could make all of us obese, she has almost 0% body fat and has never weighed more than 60.2 pounds (27.3kg).

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

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'."

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

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.

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

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."

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

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 anaemic).
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.

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

As you may have already guessed, she fascinates doctors all over the world and she is part of a genetic study. Professor Garg, the man in charge of this study, believes Lizzie has a form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS) which causes accelerated ageing, fat loss from the face and body, and tissue degeneration.

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

Eating that much and not gaining weight could be the dream of many people, but not in those conditions. Her life must have been very difficult with having to eat as often and with kids mocking at her…I hope she will have a long life, as healthy as possible!

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)

21-Year Old Woman Needs to Eat 60 Meals a Day! (17 pics)


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xxx 10 year s ago
I feel so sorry for her! Horrible disease.
       
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456 10 year s ago
n_crying
       
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gma 10 year s ago
In no way am I trying to be mean or funny, but the most difficult part of this must be the amount she has to expel each day, considering she cant hold any of it and eats so much. Life is an unbelievable thing.
       
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briere 10 year s ago
im friends with her o0n Facebook,she is a wonderful,strong girl
       
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Finki 10 year s ago
Lizzie,
I have BATTLED obesity my whole life. I commend you and have so much compassion for you in your life journey. You are an inspiration! Just to be able to survive in the situation you are in, is truly heart warming. I know people "think" obesity is lazy, or weak, but I have and feel pain and understanding for those who CAN NOT gain weight. I have friends who have NOT been able to conceive because they were under weight, and I because, I was over weight. I have always been just as active, ate less, been on every diet, & had gastric bypass. Please know from my heart, you are thought of and commended, even from a fat girl.
       
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Zoroit 10 year s ago
SHİT 36
       
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IzaBela89 10 year s ago
poor girl
       
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qwed 10 year s ago
Thats a face that will give you nightmares
       
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fdsads 10 year s ago
That's a tough life but seems like she is a happy gal nevertheless. n_smile Go Lizzie!
       
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TR 10 year s ago
"Thats a face that will give you nightmares". What a terrible thing to say, shame on you! Actually, her face gives me hope. Her strength and perseverance to overcome adversity is inspiring. Most of us could only wish to be as vibrant and happy as she appears to me. Best wishes Lizzy.
       
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M 10 year s ago
She truely look horrendous, but she seem to be a very strong girl. You go gal! 41
       
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molly 10 year s ago
the tags says funny thats just mean
       
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;) 10 year s ago
clapping brave girl n_smile
       
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cya 10 year s ago
Hallowen 36
       
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un visiteur 10 year s ago
35 35 35
       
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pancho 10 year s ago
I dont believe this is true 35
       
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incognito562 10 year s ago
n_sad
       
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freshlife 10 year s ago
for being so skinny she has has big old titties dance4
       
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- 10 year s ago
What a terrible situation! Could you imagine if you were a random person who didn't know of her or her condition? Let's say you were in a restaurant, were looking around and then all of a sudden caught her face in your view. It would creep you out! And I feel bad for her that she has to go through that everyday- the looks, the judgments. I'm glad she's out doing normal things and hopefully not caring about what other people think.
       
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Peanut 10 year s ago
She has a strong support team in her family and friends. They will help her get through the bad spots. Life sure can be shitty sometimes.
       
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oh yes 10 year s ago
I'd shag her
       
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SuperMilow 10 year s ago
i have seen her at a football game before! I spoke with her for a few minutes and she eats literally untill she is sick. But she is so upbeat you alomost forget she isnt like everbody else.
       
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kryosis 10 year s ago
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Aminu 10 year s ago
Lizzy you very strong and i like you the way you are wishing you more years ahead and keep moving...
       
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RUTH 10 year s ago
LIZZY, BECAUSE YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE STRONG AND HAPPY, YOU HAVE ENCOURAGED ME TO SAIL ON THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE. YOUR STRENGTH CAN NOT BE SEEN BY WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE BUT BY WHAT AND HOW YOU CHOOSETO LIVE.
JUST HEARD ABOUT YOU BUT YOU'VE HEARD A MEMORABLE IMPACT ON MY LIFE. I'LL KEEP STRONG NO MATER WHAT...

LIZZY, BECAUSE YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE STRONG AND HAPPY, YOU HAVE ENCOURAGED ME TO SAIL ON THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE. YOUR STRENGTH CAN NOT BE SEEN BY WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE BUT BY WHAT AND HOW YOU CHOOSETO LIVE.
JUST HEARD ABOUT YOU BUT YOU'VE HEARD A MEMORABLE IMPACT ON MY LIFE. I'LL KEEP STRONG NO MATER WHAT...
       
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adds420 9 year s ago
I wish her all the best
       
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Pharmd789 9 year s ago
Hello! dadddek interesting dadddek site!
       
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Pharmb936 9 year s ago
Very nice site!
       
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2Cool4Ice 9 year s ago
I want that desise to, eating unhealty shit the whole day and not getting fet!! HELLA YEAH!!!
       
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canis 9 year s ago
Here's the proof that humans fuck with nature. Natural selection would have done away with her swiftly and painlessly. I just don't get this one....or Ashley X....or Juliana Wetmore....good grief.
       
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Pharma527 9 year s ago
Hello! bkdeekf interesting bkdeekf site!
       
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Pharmd673 9 year s ago
Very nice site!
       
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