Parents of 3-year-old Misael are asking for help and support for their son who constantly eats.
Since he was born a healthy 6 pounds 6 ounces, the young boy from Espírito Santo, Brazil has gained six pounds a month, leaving him with many health issues.
Now weighing 150 pounds, his parents say doctors believe he has Prader-Willi syndrome, which according to the Mayo Clanic is “a rare disorder present at birth that results in a number of physical, mental and behavior problems” including a “constant sense of hunger.”
Misael eats three to six times more than kids his age and also suffers from an underactive thyroid, which can cause weight gain.
Unfortunately, treatment and medication are not helping. To make matters worse, Misael’s parents say they are often approached by people in public who want to get a glimpse of their son.
“Even taking him to the doctor or leaving the house with him is difficult,” Misael’s father, Michael, said. “And when we walk down the street, people stop, want to take pictures with him, people say that they never saw [a boy] this size, people want to know how old is he is, how much he weighs…”
There is no cure for the syndrome, but treatment aims to help subdue the behavioral problems. His parents also play a big role, as they need to monitor his food intake and restrict his diet.
If Misael continues to eat the way he does, he could develop many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart failure.
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