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What is Prader-Willi Syndrome?
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is the most common genetic causes of life threatening obesity in children. The syndrome comes from an abnormality in the 15th chromosome and occurs equally in both males and females. Someone with PWS with usually have a low muscle tone, incomplete sexual development, an enduring feeling of hunger, as well as a metabolism at does not utilize as many calories as a person with a normal metabolism would. This often leads to the child having compulsive eating habits, and eventually leads to life threatening obesity.
Signs of Prader-Willi
At birth, the child will often have an abnormally low birth weight, weak muscles, and will show a difficulty sucking. The second “stage” will typically show between the ages of two and five years old. It is here when the enduring hunger begins to persist throughout their entire lifetime. Increased appetite, weight control issues, and motor development delays generally characterize this syndrome.