She starts the day with corn flakes or a burrito. An hour later, 21-year-old
Lizzie Velasquez is already snacking on potato chips or cookies. Soon
afterwards, she eats fried chicken with French fries or a pizza. By
lunchtime, Velasquez has already consumed about 4,000 calories, as much as
the average road worker or miner burns in an entire day.
The same pattern continues throughout the rest of the day. Velasquez likes
it when whatever she has on her plate is covered with plenty of melted
cheese. By the time the native Texan goes to bed, the caloric value of the
food she has eaten that day corresponds to about 8,000 calories.
The same procedure has repeated itself day after day for years. With that
kind of diet, one would image the young woman would be so obese that she
could barely leave her home. But the opposite is true. Lizzie Velasquez is
so thin that strangers sometimes knock on the door of the family home to
angrily inform her parents that they should feed their daughter properly.
Of course, these people have no way of knowing that Velasquez has probably
already consumed as much food in her young life as her mother, who is twice