Cassidie weighed twice as much as the average 5-year-old when she was old enough for kindergarten.
Kids with PWS lack a chromosome that triggers hunger messages to the brain.
Part of what is so hard for Cassidie's mom are the stares her daughter gets in public, because she is often covered in bruises and self-inflicted sores from the anxiety.
Cassidie refers to her disease as the monster in her belly. She says it tells her to eat all the food.
. At bedtime, a locked gate restricts Cassidie's access to the kitchen, where the microwave is locked with a code and all food is kept out of reach.
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