I have worked with people who have suffered from the so-called “Prader-Willi Syndrome”, an interesting disease.
It is an anomaly or the complete absence of a particular chromosome, which means that the person with PWS literally eats himself to death.
The brain doesn’t tell the body that it has eaten anything, so a person never feels full and feels hungry all the time.If you’ve ever swam and are so hungry after that you feel like you’re eating a horse, a person with PWS will feel that way every day.
They will lie, cheat, steal, everything possible to get food around the clock until they eat enough to kill themselves, either because they are so overweight that their heart gives way, or because their stomachs are tearing.
Some people with PWS eat garbage, carpet, vomiting of their own or other people and other physical excretions.Compost, animal feed, inedible things, etc. Often there are no limits.
Other symptoms include a birth with very poor muscle tone.You may not be able to go far, get up or carry things easily, etc.
Babies often struggle to hold on.
Other symptoms include a lack of social, emotional and sexual development.Many people with PWS look much younger than they are and often men have very late puberty and often retain their younger appearance and voice and are completely sterile. People in their 30s can have the appearance of a 12- to 13-year-old child.
People with PWS are often small,e.g. eyes and carry a lot of weight in the middle.
They are generally completely obsessed with food and spend the whole day talking about it, thinking about it, dreaming about it, etc. They also have a much higher pain threshold, which can lead to skin picking and ulcers etc. can lead.
Due to the lack of emotional and social development, people with PWS are often prone to explosive and sudden tantrums and can be violent, especially when it comes to food.I saw a woman who was unable to pick up her own shopping bags, pick up a massive oak table and throw it into the room in a bout of anger over an apple slice.
Unfortunately, a person with PWS will never live independently and will always need round-the-clock supervision of the food.Cabinets, bins, everything that is edible must be closed, meals must be carefully planned and there should be little or no control over food and money to ensure this person’s health.
It’s a cruel disease, but people with PWS continue to live an amazingly fulfilling life in homes of specialist groups dealing with the disorder, much like I used to.