The Doctors: Lizzie Velasquez Has No Body Fat
Lizzie Velasquez was born six weeks early and only weighed two pounds, 10 ounces. The Doctors told her parents that she had stopped growing in her mother’s womb, and that she would never walk, talk or crawl.
Lizzie, who can’t grow or maintain fat, appeared on The Doctors with her friend Angelica to share her story.
She said she loves fries, pizza, chicken fingers, candy and ice cream. She has known her best friend Angelica since she was a little girl, and said she never knew anything was wrong with her because her family and Angelica treated her like she was a normal girl.
The Drs: Lizzie Velasquez Called “World’s Ugliest Woman”
Starting school was a “slap of reality” for Lizzie – no one wanted to play with her or sit next to her, and she was called skinnybones, grandma and a monster.
One day, Lizzie was looking for music on YouTube when she stumbled upon a video from a interview she had done when she was younger. The video was titled “The World’s Ugliest Woman” and had four million hits.
The comments ranged from tips for how to kill herself to people wondering why her parents didn’t abort her because she’s so ugly. Lizzie said that not a single comment was positive.
The Doctors: Lizzie Velasquez’s Goal is to Inspire People
Lizzie is a senior in college and is majoring in communication studies. She plans to get her masters degree after she graduates.
Lizzie said that when she goes out in public, she thinks of it as having an audience everywhere she goes. She always makes sure she is dressed cute and her hair and makeup are done, because if people are going to stare at her she wants to give them something to look at.
She thinks she was put on Earth to inspire people to accomplish their goals, no matter what odds they are up against. Angelica said that it’s difficult to watch people say things about Lizzie because she’s never thought of her as different.
The Doctors: Lizzie Velasquez Born Without Adipose Tissue
Only three people in the world have Lizzie’s condition, and Dr. Travis Stork said that she’s missing adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is the area between your skin and your muscles, and is 80% fat and 20% connective tissue.
Because she has no adipose tissue, Lizzie can’t stay warm. She said that she’s lucky she lives in Texas because it’s pretty much always hot. Lizzie said she realized she could either stay home and feel sorry for herself and let the bullies win, or she could change things around and help others.
Lizzie Velasquez Be Beautiful Be You Book
She has a book out called Be Beautiful, Be You, and in it she talks about the “Love Yourself List,” where you make a list of all the things you love about yourself and your friends. Lizzie said she went through a rough time where she didn’t like what she saw in the mirror and would pray every night that she would wake up and look like everyone else.
She decided that she would make a list of what she does like about herself, and post it somewhere where she can see it. She shared her “Love Yourself List” that she made for Angelica on The Drs. She said she loves Angelica for her courage, caring spirit and sense of humor.
The Doctors gave everyone in the audience a copy of Lizzie’s book. Dr. Stork also surprised Lizzie and Angelica with five nights and six days in Maui, Hawaii at the Waldorf Astoria Resort. Learn more about Lizzie in the video below.