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Rare genetic disorder causes constant hunger

| | November 20, 2013

Parents of a toddler worry their son could eat himself to death after being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that means he is constantly hungry.

Geezer Buxton was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) at just three weeks old, a genetic condition that affects 1 in 15,000 children born in England every year.

Not only is the 23-month-old from Chesterton, Staffs. always hungry but he cannot tell when he is full, making overeating a serious concern.

Those suffering from PWS usually experience compulsive eating and an obsession with food can begin before the age of six. As well as having an insatiable appetite, sufferers also have slow physical and emotional development, as well as learning difficulties.

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