Mum speaks out about son's 42 year fight with condition that leaves him permanently hungry

Braintree and Witham Times: Mum speaks out after son's 42 year fight with condition that leaves him permanently hungry Mum speaks out after son's 42 year fight with condition that leaves him permanently hungry

Locked cupboards and a village on alert, very little can be left to chance with Prader-Willi syndrome.

The rare genetic condition causes a wide range of symptoms, most notably a constant desire to eat, driven by a permanent feeling of hunger.

Among those battling with it is 42-year-old Richard Leathlean, of West Drive, Wethersfield.

His mum Debbie spoke to the Times about the challenges she continues to face.

 

“The main thing is the part of your brain that tells you you’re full up doesn’t work, so he basically thinks he’s starved all the time,” explains Debbie.

“He could eat a four-course meal and still think he’s hungry because his appetite is never satisfied."

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