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THE GIRL WHO MUST EAT EVERY 15 MINUTES TO STAY ALIVE

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Posted by abeodbart June 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

Lizzie Velasquez weighs just four stone and has almost zero per cent body fat but she is not anorexic. In fact, the 21-year-old from Austin, Texas, must eat every 15 minutes to stay healthy.

Despite consuming between 5,000 and 8,000 calories daily, the communications student, has never tipped over 4st 3lbs.

“I weigh myself regularly and if I gain even one pound I get really excited,” said 5ft 2 ins Miss Velasquez, who wears size triple zero clothes. ”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.” She was born four weeks prematurely weighing just 2lb 10oz. Doctors found there was minimal amniotic fluid protecting her in the womb.

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

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 taken to see genetic experts but they still could not diagnose her.

Full story at Telegraph

COMMENTS
June 29, 2010 at 8:21 am
Courtney Wright says:

I love how the advertisment under the article on the Telegraph website is “Do you want fast weight loss!?”


June 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Aprillia Lee says:

I was reading about this last night on closer’s real life stories. Its quite weird that it should appear here today! It’s such ashame! But, yet, in her story she said she likes the way she is. Good for her! I think we should all learn to accept ourselves like her, and I hope she gets everything she wants!


June 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I don’t mean this disrespectfully but she has quite an impressive bust all things considered.
It must be awful to eat as much as she does and still look emaciated & skeleton thin. I wish her well.

LC x


June 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm
Michael N says:

It makes you realize how bad you don’t have it, people have the ability to overcome things some of us would find unimaginable.


June 30, 2010 at 8:45 am
Raoul says:

Almost unbelievable. Although I can imagine some kind of body system that would work that way .. if you think about manic states in a body that is considered to function normal in other periods .. if you take that state and make that the standard .. the manic state without it being manic for that person .. She looses fluid probably just as fast (dry skin and such).
If she stays healthy and lives long, many will be jealous, eating all you can all the time without feeling clouded and not gaining weight. Ofcourse the constant eating will become normal and less interesting/nice but still .. if you are bored .. you can eat.There’s nothing there about tests they did on her (high calories fluid food or such). And why does she eat only small portions all day? And why mainly not so healthy food?


June 30, 2010 at 11:20 am
Alex says:

Where the hell does all that food go!? Also what happens when she sleeps? She must have to have a huge feast every night before bed.


June 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm
Berber Anna says:

Raoul: Probably because smaller portions are digested faster, so that she gets the required energy sooner. The high sugar and fat contents of the food are probably not unhealthy for her, as those chemicals do provide the most energy the fastest. I’m sure she also takes lots of vitamins.


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