VVelasquez was born prematurely, weighing only 2 pounds, 10 ounces. “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 writes.
For many people, the idea of eating whatever you want without gaining weight sounds like a dream. But it’s a life long battle for Lizzie Velasquez, a skeletally thin 21-year-old from Austin, Texas who is unable to put on weight even though she consumes 5,000 to 8,000 calories a day.
Lizzie Velasquez has a very rare genetic disorder that only three people in the world are to have. According to doctors, she probably has neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare condition that causes accelerated aging and an inability to store fat. Abihimanya Garg, MD has said that the medical community has not been able to document older people with NPS and therefore are unable to predict what will happen to Lizzie in the long-run. He said there are a very small number of people with similar conditions.