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Imagine being always hungry

Wishing our friends at the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Victoria the very best of luck for their 15 for 15 Challenge running 17 – 31 May.

The self-challenge is named ‘15 for 15’ as Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) affects Chromosome 15.  Funds raised through the challenge will help support the work we do at Monash Health.

PWS is a rare and complex genetic disorder affecting approximately 400 people in Victoria. One of the more common characteristics of PWS is that children develop an insatiable hunger around the age of two. This hunger lasts a lifetime.

Imagine a hunger that can never be satisfied and the emotional state you find yourself in when ‘hangry’. Feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, anger, frustration and stress plague your body and mind, and your focus on food is heightened. Now imagine trying to participate in everyday life, living with these feelings every minute of every day.

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria is a volunteer-led Australian charity that has been providing much-need on the ground support to families, professionals and communities to assist those living with PWS since 1979.

The 15 for 15 challenge encourages participants to set themselves a 15-day challenge such as giving up coffee or walking a certain number of kilometres a day.

Read more at the PWSA Victoria website.