What Is Prader-Willi Syndrome? 380-Pound Girl With Rare Condition Crowned Pageant Queen

A 15-year-old Mississippi girl, who weighs 380-pound and suffers from a rare genetic disorder that constantly triggers hunger, has been crowned a pageant queen. Anna Hankins was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, an incurable condition that causes obesity, intellectual disability and shortness in height.

Anna’s parents reportedly said that their daughter was premature and underweight at birth, but at the age of two developed an unquenchable craving for food. The family later found that she was suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a condition that affects one in 15,000 babies born in the United States.

“When she was little, the first words out of her mouth were ‘I’m hungry’ and the last ones were ‘I’m hungry'”, her mother, Jennifer told U.K.’s South West News Service (SWNS), adding that throughout her childhood, Anna’s hunger has been out of control.

“We would get up in the morning, and [found out that] in the middle of the night she had gotten up and made a whole cake,” her mother said. She also said that her daughter’s appetite was so out of control that they had to lock the fridge.

Anna, who is so obese that she requires oxygen to help her breathe, is currently on a 900 calorie-a-day restrictive diet as her body does not break down food properly.

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