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Rare overeating disease

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare, hereditary condition where the sufferer has an uncontrollable urge to eat. A 3 year old was diagnosed with the disease after initially being misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy due to poor muscle tone, however after the age of 2 she began to eat excessively and became obese. A geneticist diagnosed her and her parents have since managed to regulate her compulsive eating and behavioural disturbances with padlocked food storage areas and physical training to restrain their daughter. People with Prader-Willi syndrome can also be mentally and physically disabled, and can display signs of aggression with violent behaviour. Sufferers can die from the condition due to over stretching and rupture of their stomach from excessive food consumption resulting in a life expectancy of 20 years old.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Buffalo News

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About: Rare overeating disease

Date: 6 November 2005

Source: The Buffalo News

Author: Sandra Tan

URL: http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20051106/1011356.asp

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