A 380-pound girl with a rare disease that makes her constantly hungry was crowned Mississippi's teenage pageant queen.
Anna Hankins, 15, suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder Patients develop an insatiable appetite that leads to chronic overeating and obesity, according to the National Institute of Health.
At the age of two, Anna developed an insatiable appetite and was diagnosed with the disease that affects one in every 15,000 babies. United States
"When she was little, the first words came out of her mouth: ; I'm hungry, & the last ones were & # 39; I'm hungry & # 39 ;, "her mother Jennifer told the SWNS.
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During her childhood, Anna's hunger was out of control. "We got up in the morning and [found out that] in the middle of the night, she got up and made a whole cake," her mother said.
The mother of two children said she had to close the fridge and closets to prevent Anna from looting her. "We cleaned her room and found empty food packaging and candy wrappers – everything she could get her hands on."
The teenager from Louisville, Mississippi, is on a 900 calorie- But as her body does not break down food properly, she can not lose weight. She currently weighs 380 pounds.
Due to her weight, Anna is unable to get dressed and needs oxygen to help her breathe.
"I have a Prader-Willi syndrome and I am very hungry, sometimes it can be difficult to handle," Anna tells SWNS.
But one way to increase the self-esteem of the teenager is to participate in the Miss Amazing Contest, which celebrates women and girls with disabilities.
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"I love Miss Amazing, my favorite thing is singing and make-up and hair," said Anna.
Anna was introduced to the pageant world in fourth grade and has since participated in three events, most recently in November, each time holding the state title.
Lori Brasfield-Sanders, director of Miss Amazing Mississippi, told SWNS, "The biggest misconception about people with disabilities is that they can not live a full, engaging life."
She added, "Anna is one amazing ambassador, she is very popular and she loves to participate. "