Girl Born Without Fat Tissue: “Stop Staring and Start Learning”
Dubbed by cyberbullies as the “ugliest woman in the world”, 23-year-old Lizzie Velasquez is 5’2 and weighs a whopping 58 pounds.
Despite eating every 15 minutes, Velasquez was born without the ability to store fat in her body.
“It’s not easy, I will be the first to tell you it’s not easy,” Velasquez told Dr. Drew. “I may have this outer exterior of people saying, ‘She can handle everything, she’s dealt with this for so long,’ and to be honest, I’m human and of course these things are going to hurt.”
Some doctors believe that Velasquez suffers from Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome, leading to physical attributes of premature aging, a large head, and very little fat.
“I think the biggest things I have to deal with is constantly people staring at me as soon as I walk into a room,” Velasquez also added. “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. 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.’”