A University of Alberta researcher is looking to solve the puzzle as to why kids with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) are constantly hungry.
PWS is a key cause of childhood obesity. It is a genetic disorder leading to the imbalance of the hormone gherkin. Kids affected by this disorder never know when they are full.
"They might take food from their sibling's plate - I actually had a patient who ordered pizza to their neighbour's house to get additional food," said Andrea Haqq, associate professor of pediatrics. "They're very genius in trying to come up with ways to seek out food."
If you know a child who you think might have Prader-Willi Syndrome, contact:
Michelle Mackenzie, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
University of Alberta