Young adults: We’re hungry people. I know I’m not just speaking for myself when I say I generally plan most of my activities around food (and it's generally where most of my paycheck goes).
With our busy and active lifestyles, it’s not uncommon to feel constantly hungry, or at least constantly in need of fuel. Luckily, though, most of us can control our feeding frenzies and limit them to a few times a day.
Unfortunately, one toddler in Espirito Santo, Brazil can’t.
Misael, a 3-year-old boy, weighed in at 6 pounds 6 ounces when he was born, but has since grown to a whopping 154 pounds.
Besides having an underactive thyroid, which can contribute to weight gain, doctors think the boy may suffer from Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disease causing constant hunger and a compulsion to eat constantly.
He gains approximately six pounds a month and eats between three to six times more often than is considered normal.
The disease may also manifest in behavior problems, which Misael has as well: The family has to hire a private taxi whenever they need to take him somewhere.
Complications with the disease include all the risks associated with obesity, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
If Misael’s tests for the disease come back positive, doctors will likely attempt to lessen the child’s appetite through medication and create a balanced diet for him to follow, but unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition.
Misael and his parents:
The boy gains about six pounds per month.
Hypothyroidism may play a role in the child's obesity.
Misael is being tested for Prader-Willi syndrome to determine the cause of his weight.
He is 3 years old and a whopping 154 pounds.
The young boy is at risk for obesity-related diseases.
H/T: Daily Mail