Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic condition that causes a wide range of symptoms.The symptoms includes a constant desire to eat food, which seems driven by a permanent feeling of hunger and can easily lead to dangerous weight gain. It is a rare genetic disorder, in which seven genes (or a subset thereof) on chromosome 15 (q 11–13) are deleted or unexpressed. PWS is rare, affecting no more than one in every 15,000 children born in England. While PWS itself is not life threatening, the compulsive eating and resulting weight gain can be.
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