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The girl who must eat every 15 minutes to stay alive
telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 6-28-10

Posted on 06/28/2010 4:03:39 PM PDT by Justaham

Lizzie Velasquez weighs just four stone and has almost zero per cent body fat but she is not anorexic. In fact, the 21-year-old from Austin, Texas, must eat every 15 minutes to stay healthy.

Miss Velasquez has a rare condition which prevents her from gaining weight even though she eats up to 60 small meals a day.


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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: guilty; idhitit; lazwouldhitit; notguilty; weight

1 posted on 06/28/2010 4:03:40 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Now that is strange.


2 posted on 06/28/2010 4:06:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: Justaham

Poor girl.


3 posted on 06/28/2010 4:06:53 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Justaham

More here: http://www.aboutlizzie.com/


4 posted on 06/28/2010 4:08:06 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Justaham

Her genetic code offers hope for man-kind, please help/study her.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 4:09:45 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Justaham

Her genetic code offers hope for man-kind, please help/study her.


6 posted on 06/28/2010 4:10:03 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
Miss Velasquez's case has fascinated doctors all over the world and she is part of a genetic study run by Professor Abhimanyu Garg, MD, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Professor Garg and his team now believe Lizzie may have a form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS) which causes accelerated ageing, fat loss from the face and body, and tissue degeneration. People with PRS often have triangular and prematurely aged faces with a pointy nose.

He said: "I am aware of a small number of people that have similar conditions to Lizzie but each case is slightly different.

"We cannot predict what will happen to Lizzie in the future as the medical community are yet to document older people with NPS.

"However Lizzie is lucky to have healthy teeth, organs and bones so the outlook is good. We will continue to study her case and learn from her." Miss Velasquez has helped to write a book about her incredible experiences

7 posted on 06/28/2010 4:11:05 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: Justaham

The crack pipe is a killer.


8 posted on 06/28/2010 4:12:07 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner

Especially when posting.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 4:16:47 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: Justaham

“I’d hit it.”

~ Bill Clinton


10 posted on 06/28/2010 4:17:23 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: Justaham
I assume she sleeps. How does one eat every 15 minutes and still sleep.

Also what about super protein shakes, body builders drink 5,000 calories meals when training

11 posted on 06/28/2010 4:21:23 PM PDT by Popman (Obama Presidential Timber: Worm Eaten Balsa Wood)
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To: GeronL

It is called Anorexia Nervosa.


12 posted on 06/28/2010 4:23:09 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: Michael Barnes

Yup -— and also when replying to a post!


13 posted on 06/28/2010 4:28:40 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

“I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic.”

Can you say “empty calories?” Most of that is nuitrient-deficient, at the very least. Lots of carbs and little protein.


14 posted on 06/28/2010 4:31:04 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: Justaham

bttt


15 posted on 06/28/2010 4:31:31 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Justaham

“I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic.”

Can you say “empty calories?” Most of that is nutrient-deficient, at the very least. Lots of carbs and little protein. If you have a metabolic problem like this, I should think every calorie taken in should be loaded with the best nutrients possible.


16 posted on 06/28/2010 4:32:05 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: caseinpoint

Sory for the double post. My computer is having lag problems. And we’ve had two power outages here, probably from the heat. It’s 4:30 here in California Central Valley and 101 degrees.


17 posted on 06/28/2010 4:34:02 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: caseinpoint
I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic.”

Sweetheart,,, dump all that stuff,,,eat cornbread, collard greens,, fried taters, salty side meat, beer and pizza.... Heck,, cook up a pound of bacon with six biscuits and gravy for breakfast,,, I guarantee,, you will gain weight.. worked for me,, I use to be a light weight,, now I can barely get through the front door of my double-wide ;-)

18 posted on 06/28/2010 4:48:22 PM PDT by 2aberro
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To: caseinpoint
Can you say “empty calories?” Most of that is nutrient-deficient, at the very least. Lots of carbs and little protein. If you have a metabolic problem like this, I should think every calorie taken in should be loaded with the best nutrients possible.

That isn't the way nutrition works. If you are doing a lot of physical work, you need more energy, not more protein. Energy comes from fats and carbohydrates. You can use protein for energy, but not as efficiently, and it is a waste of quality protein. This woman has normal bones and teeth, so she is absorbing minerals properly. She did not stay childlike, so she has grown. She appears to have a problem processing sources of energy, or burning through them at a phenomenal clip.
19 posted on 06/28/2010 4:50:57 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Justaham

She has amazingly large hooters for such a skinny girl.


20 posted on 06/28/2010 5:06:43 PM PDT by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: Justaham

if she has to eat every 15 min how the heck does she sleep?


21 posted on 06/28/2010 5:29:48 PM PDT by whizdumb
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To: Justaham

She must eat in the bathroom!


22 posted on 06/28/2010 5:35:54 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: Nepeta

I agree you need carbs to keep energy up but I think there is a difference between simple carbs in a lot of junk food and complex carbs and it seems her reported snacking is all simple carbs, without a balance of other nutrients or long-lasting carbs.


23 posted on 06/28/2010 5:39:30 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: Scarpetta

if she did not have that heavy over bite, id have to go say hello after a couple beers! lol...


24 posted on 06/28/2010 5:43:18 PM PDT by sit-rep
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To: Justaham

I’m amazed at how many freepers obiviously don’t read befre posting? If they did they would not make such outlandish comments as half if them here!


25 posted on 06/28/2010 5:45:53 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Justaham

I’m amazed at how many freepers obiviously don’t read befre posting? If they did they would not make such outlandish comments as half of them here!


26 posted on 06/28/2010 5:46:09 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Scarpetta

one second thought... Being she is slightly awkward, those hooters may just look like Marty Feldman...


27 posted on 06/28/2010 5:48:45 PM PDT by sit-rep
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To: Justaham

How awful! Poor girl!


28 posted on 06/28/2010 5:51:27 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Michael Barnes

Haha


29 posted on 06/28/2010 5:59:47 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Ditter

I know. I feel so sorry for her. Her legs are so thin and look like it could break anytime she takes a fall.


30 posted on 06/28/2010 6:01:02 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: caseinpoint
I agree you need carbs to keep energy up but I think there is a difference between simple carbs in a lot of junk food and complex carbs and it seems her reported snacking is all simple carbs, without a balance of other nutrients or long-lasting carbs.

The starch in a Twinkie is the same as the starch in pasta or bread or corn or a potato, the same bonds, the same linkages between simple carbohydrates.

There is no chemical difference between junk food carbohydrates and 'non-junk' carbohydrates. Look it up. I studied biochemistry, and there just is no difference. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is probably selling some kind of snake oil on the side.
31 posted on 06/28/2010 6:47:06 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Nepeta

I am no nutritionist and will defer to a pro. I did think there was a difference between simple and complex carbs as far as digestion speed. Simple carbs digested quickly for fast energy and complex carbs digested slower but at a more steady rate, not that they are qualitatively different. I do think if a person has to eat every 15 minutes, slow-burning carbs might help. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.


32 posted on 06/28/2010 6:55:28 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: Justaham

How about some kind of time-release nutrients, like the time-release medicines or vitamins, but with dense carbs and fats instead? She could take some with each meal, and that way, her stomach would still have something to process, even after the regular food had left.


33 posted on 06/28/2010 7:09:02 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Justaham

In fact, the 21-year-old from Austin, Texas, must eat every 15 minutes to stay healthy.

Something wrong with this statement


34 posted on 06/28/2010 7:33:51 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: caseinpoint
I do think if a person has to eat every 15 minutes, slow-burning carbs might help. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

This woman seems to have the metabolism of a human hummingbird, and in that case, she needs energy right now, not later, much as hummingbirds consume nectar or sugar water to keep up their strength while hunting insects.

Starch is the complex carbohydrate humans consume. We cannot do anything with cellulose, not the way cattle can.

"Junk food" isn't junk at all if you are active enough. Besides, some of the weird way the label is applied makes no logical sense--why is ice cream junk while yogurt virtuous? Why is pizza junk but spaghetti a meal? Start tearing food apart down to its components (I've done this for a living) and the label of "junk food" is rather freely applied. Cotton candy is junky--but some people think brown sugar is not, but they're both sucrose.
35 posted on 06/28/2010 8:47:41 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Nepeta
Cotton candy is junky--but some people think brown sugar is not, but they're both sucrose.

White sugar is just brown sugar with the impurities removed.
36 posted on 06/28/2010 8:50:18 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Justaham

I wonder what her body temperature is. She’s probably expressing a high level of uncoupling proteins in the mitochondria, the result being an upregulation of the futile cycle. Infants have a certain amount of brown fat (looks that way because of the high number of mitochondria) that helps to maintain body heat. Perhaps whatever normally leads to the loss of this small amount of brown fat didn’t happen in her. This should give people pause who hope for a “solution” by which they can eat craploads of food without gaining weight. They would have to divert a significant amount of income to food purchase and spend a lot of time eating and preparing food to eat with the danger of losing weight and dying if they didn’t keep it up. There’s a reason for “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” It’s called survival.


37 posted on 06/28/2010 9:01:16 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan
White sugar is just brown sugar with the impurities removed.

Exactly so. White crystalline sugar goes through something like 100 recrystallizations to make it white. But if you make a solution with it, that solution is faintly yellow.
38 posted on 06/28/2010 10:42:27 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: omega4179

Is that what it’s called when you don’t read the article?


39 posted on 06/28/2010 10:48:37 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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