The signs of intense, hard-to-control hunger can vary from person to person.
In most cases, these can start from a very early age and can change as you get older.
People living with hard-to-control hunger may experience one or more of these signs. For some, these signs are constant. For others, they may happen from time to time. These signs may include:1,2
- Arguing with or manipulating people to get food
- Having tantrums to get food
- Taking extreme measures such as stealing food
- Trouble focusing at school or work because food is always on their mind
- Difficulty spending time with friends or family due to being constantly hungry
- Experiencing mental health problems
Why is it important to manage hard-to-control hunger and obesity?
Hard-to-control hunger can contribute to people becoming very overweight, known as developing obesity.1 If left uncontrolled, obesity can lead to other serious health problems.3
Obesity is a serious health problem for anyone. However, people living with rare genetic causes of hard-to-control hunger and obesity may struggle with many other health issues, which can be made worse by obesity. That means it’s even more important to manage it from the start to help lessen the chance of serious issues later in life.
Health problems related to obesity can include:4
- High blood pressure
- Heart-related issues (heart attack and stroke)
- Orthopaedic issues (problems with bones and muscles)
The importance of a healthy lifestyle
Even though genetic obesity has a root cause in the genes, it is still important to eat a healthy diet that is low in sugars and high in vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Physical activity, such as taking a walk, is another simple way to help reduce your risk. Speak to your doctor about how diet and exercise can fit into your lifestyle.4