Prader-Willi syndrome is a disability associated with a severe eating disorder typically leading to obesity and associated health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems. The specific features of PWS vary from person to person, but nearly all people with this condition have a voracious appetite over which they have little control. To control their food intake, many people with PWS are placed in specialized treatment centers or state institutions (despite their substantial cognitive abilities) because, at present, there is no known medical or psychological treatment for Prader-Willi syndrome.
People related to the topic: Prader-Willi syndrome
Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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