World’s Thinnest And Bravest Person? Meet Girl, 24, Who Weighs 27 kg, Has To Eat Every 20 Minutes (PHOTOS)

United States – At just 5ft 2″ (1.58m) tall and weighing a little over 27 kg, Lizzie Velasquez, 24, appears worryingly thin at first glance. But her tiny frame wasn’t caused by an eating disorder. Instead, it is the result of a syndrome so rare that it is shared by very few other people in the world.

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Her condition means that try as she might, Lizzie, from Austin in Texas, finds it impossible to gain weight or store fat, and as a result, she’s forced to eat up to 60 small meals a day.

Despite the challenges, the courageous 24-year-old insists she wouldn’t change a thing about herself and, instead, throws herself into her work as a motivational speaker and anti-bullying campaigner.

“I would never, ever change my appearance, even if I could,” she says. “It’s taken me so many years to accept who I am and like the person that I see in the mirror so I would never change it just to “fit in”.”

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But despite her bravery, the condition, which is yet to be fully diagnosed and named, casts a shadow over her life, not least because most of the people who suffer from the syndrome die in childhood.

Her doctor says: “Lizzie is one of the very few people in the world to have this condition. Sufferers have very little muscle mass, their limbs look very thin, spindly, and many of these people, they die very early in life. Other children with this have had very different experiences. Lizzie is 24 right now so she has beaten these odds.”

Because of the illness, Lizzie has already lost the sight in her right eye and has limited use of the other. Nevertheless, she has refused to allow that to stop her and has penned two best-selling books, and works as a motivational speaker doing up to 200 talks a year.

“My parents raised me to be completely normal. They never told me I was different,” she narrates. “The only thing is that I was smaller than the other kids but I was just like them. As I got older, I became more aware of why people were staring at me and I started getting really angry.

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“I hated the fact that none of these kids wanted to get to know me. In my mind, I’m just like them and I would never tell my parents I was being bullied so my way of coping with it is when I would take a bath and nobody was in the room with me, and that’s when I would cry.”

Once, she saw a photo of herself on the Internet with a caption ‘The Ugliest Woman In The World’.

“I felt like somebody was putting their hand through the computer screen and punching me over and over,” she says. “There were thousands and thousands of comments. The first one said: “I just threw up over my keyboard. You’re gross.” The second, “eww, kill it with fire, now”. Others asked why my parents didn’t abort me because I’m so ugly. Can you imagine that?”

Despite the vile comments, Lizzie says she has no fear of bullies anymore and if she were to meet one in future, her response would be: ‘I won’.

For now, she’s concentrating on the future and the anti-bullying charity she hopes to set up.

“My dreams for the future are continuing to help others,” she explains. “I want to create an anti-bulling company. Something for kids and adults and teenagers who are struggling and so far, my dreams have come true.”

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Source: Dailymail

8 COMMENTS

  1. Truly, the world is a wicked world, but never u mind whatever pipo may say. U just did n’t create yourself and neither did they that are laughing at u created themselves. They are just being foolish. I called them fools, slow of heart to know who they are and what they cann’t do, but remember, b4 u came forth from that womb, He (God) knew you. If ur parent didn’t abort you bcos of the love they had 4 u at ur birth neither will the Almighty God and The Lord Jesus ever condemn you. You are the perfect image of God and you are beautiful and wonderfully made. The portal know what he created. He will put all things right at the very right time. But do u know Him?That is the main question. Everything is possible to him that believe(the major task to fullfill on earth), you just have to believe in Jesus and everytn will be possible in the mighty name of Jesus. Just look for a real bible believing church and hear His word. Things will change bcos He will fullfil the desire of the righteous.

  2. Nothing is impossible in this world, cos impossible itself says I’m possible. All u need is Hope & Faith. With God all things are possible

  3. MY DEAR,ALWAYS BE HAPPY OF YOUR SELF,PRAISE GOD EVERY DAY,YOU ARE BETTER THAN THOSE THAT ARE LAUGHING AT YOU,THESE ARE THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW ONE DAY THEY WILL DIE.AND BELIEVE ME YOUR LIFE IS MORE BETTER THAN THEIR OWN.LEAVE GOD WHO CREATED YOU TO FIGHT FOR YOU AND WHEN EVER THEY TELLS YOU THAT,ONLY REPLY THEM THANKS.YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL IN THE PRESENT OF GOD.REMAIN BLESS.

  4. Dear Lizzie, truly, you have to forgive all those who looked at you as abnormal and said vile words against you, for they don’t understand the purpose of your creator in your life. You are a wonder and not an accident. You are special and the only one of your kind. Put your whole trust in our Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace has sustained you this far. Know Him and give your life to Him (if you haven’t yet). Your dreams and heart desires will surely be fulfilled in your life time. Amen.

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