Lizzie Velasquez must eat 8,000 calories per day to survive. The 5 foot 2 inch twenty one year old from Austin, Texas, weighs merely 59 pounds and must eat every 15 minutes because of a rare genetic disorder. Velasquez admits to regularly "weigh[ing] myself...and if I gan 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, goughnuts, ice cream, noodles, and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic."
Doctors from across the world have found Velasquez's condition astounding. Professor Abhimanya Garg, MD, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas, has teamed with several other experts to determine the cause and treatment options of Velasquez's disorder. Professor Garg have concluded a genetic study of Velasquez and found that she may suffer from Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS). NPS is a rare disorder which causes patients to suffer from fat loss, tissue degeneration, and accelerated aging. Experts have not determined the longterm health affects of the disorder because, as Dr. Garg states, "each case is slightly different." Dr. Garg also stated though Velasquez has "healthy teeth, organs, and bones" experts in the medical community "can not predict what will happen to Lizzie in the future." Dr. Garg and Velasquez's medical team have contributed to an upcoming book about Velasquez's condition set for release in September 2010.