Prader -Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder occurring in 1:12,000-15,000 births in the United States. It can occur in males or females and any race. Individuals with Prader – Willi Syndrome have constant sense of hunger that usually begins after the first year of life. Only a medical doctor can correctly diagnosis a person with Prader Willi Syndrome.
Prader Willi Syndrome individuals must control their diet and should be closely supervised at all times. PWS individuals should follow a strict low calorie diet plan in order to control their weight. Typically an adult PWS individual can only eat about 1,000-1,200 per day because they have low caloric needs. PWS individuals only need about 60% of a typical person’s diet. PWS individuals have low muscle tone and are often inactive which contributes to their low dietary intake need. Individuals with PWS should supplement their diet with a multi vitamin supplement to ensure they are meeting their recommended daily allowances. Mega doses of vitamins are not recommended because some PWS individuals have had adverse reactions with higher doses. PWS individuals should ask a doctor or registered dietitian what is the right vitamin supplement for them.