10-Year-Old Boy from Africa Can’t Stop Eating Because of His Rare Genetic Disorder

Caden Benjamin is a 10-year-old boy from Standerton in South Africa is suffering from a genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome. This condition means that a person diagnosed with this has a constant desire to eat food, which can lead to dangerous weight gain, restricted growth, and reduced muscle tone.

Prader-Willi syndrome is rare and only affects one in every 15,000 children and a person that suffering with the disorder have less muscle and tend to burn fewer calories.

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Currently, Caden weighs 14 stone 2lbs (90 kilograms) because of his constant overeating. In fact, he would start off his day by eating four slices of cheese toast, after an hour he would drink Coke and eat leftover food from the night. At lunch, he consumes two large pieces of chicken. If there’s nothing for him to eat, he’ll scrape together the dirt he finds on the floor and would eat that. At one point, he eats any paper he would find in their house, even the rolls of toilet paper.

Because his weight is out of control and his health is seriously on the line, the doctors put Caden on a diet. His mother, Zola Benjamin was left with no choice but to lock all the kitchen cabinets and hide all the food items in the house.

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At three years old, his weight reached 6 stone 4lbs (40 kilograms) but none of them knew what was wrong with him, so they tried different doctors to find out what was the cause why he is gaining so much weight. A doctor at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in the city Pretoria, in northern South Africa’s Gauteng Province, pointed his illness.

He was forced to undergo a tracheotomy several years ago and he is breathing through a tube inserted into his windpipe.