Prader–Willi Syndrome - Society and Culture

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Despite the rarity of Prader-Willi syndrome, it has become widely-known in wider society and often depicted in popular culture, partly due to the fascination surrounding the insatiable appetite and obesity associated with the syndrome.

Prader-Willi syndrome has been depicted and documented several times in television. PWS appeared in the UK media in July 2007 when Channel 4 aired a program Can't Stop Eating, surrounding the everyday lives of two Prader-Willi patients, Joe and Tamara. An individual with Prader-Willi Syndrome featured in the episode entitled "Dog Eat Dog" of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (aired on November 24, 2005). On TLC's My Deadly Appetite (aired in December 2010), a patient named Will was treated for the condition (as well as others featured).

In Taiwan, a newspaper article headlined "Group urges more support for Prader-Willi sufferers" appeared in English in the Taipei Times in December 2011, highlighting a recent tragedy in which a taxi cab driver killed himself and his nine-year-old daughter who had the disease in what police called a probable murder-suicide.

Actress Mayim Bialik - former star of TV's Blossom and currently playing a neuroscientist named Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory - completed her PhD in 2008 with a dissertation on Prader-Willi syndrome.

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