Among the several eating disorders, the Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) has come to be recognized fairly recently.
It is a rare genetic disorder caused by an absence of certain chromosomes, which inhibits the part of the brain that is responsible for controlling hunger and sending out messages of satiation, from functioning properly. Constant montoring is needed to regulate eating.
Children, affected by this disorder, eat constantly, leading to obesity and if left untreated, death. The condition can exist in anyone, and symptoms include compulsive behaviour, mood swings, insatiable hunger, depression, retarded growth, speech problems, and unpredictable outbursts, besides mental and learning disabilities. Poor muscle tone is the first indication of the condition with slow weight gain in babies.
Prader-Willi Syndrome: Coping With the Disease - Living With Those Involved is a book written by Urs Eiholzer from his own experience in working with children affected by PWS. It has been written for non-professionals who need to understand the condition and consider the treatment options available.