Today we bring you the story of a true fighter. Lizzie Velasquez was born on March 13, 1989 with an extremely rare condition called Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome that has left her unable to gain any body fat. With a current weight of 58 pounds (26 kg), she never managed to cross the 60 pounds (27 kg) mark, making her the world’s skinniest person.
When she was born she weighted mere 2 pounds 10 ounces (1.2 kg). In order to survive, she is required to eat every 15 minutes and consume an average of 5,000 to 8,000 calories on a daily basis, which can be as twice as the US average calories intake of 3770.
But instead of letting this condition get to her, Lizzie decided to take a stand, and she is now a motivational speaker and a book author, with over 200 workshop appearances since the age of 17. The condition itself also causes premature aging, making it similar to progeria.
“I think the biggest things I have to deal with is constantly people staring at me as soon as I walk into a room. Recently, it’s been a lot of adults I’ve been having to deal with who will slowly walk in front of me and turn their heads, and look me up and down. So the stares are what I’m really dealing with in public right now,” Lizzie told Dr. Drew Pinsky on HLN.
“Instead of just sitting by and watching these people judge me, I’m starting to want to go up to these people and introduce myself, or give them my card, and say, ‘Maybe you should stop staring and start learning.’”