A 380-lb girl with a genetic disorder that causes constant hunger crowned a pageant queen

A 380-pound girl with a rare condition that causes her to constantly be hungry was crowned a pageant queen in Mississippi.

Anna Hankins, 15, suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder in which patients develop an insatiable appetite, leading to chronic overeating and obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health.

At two years old, Anna developed an insatiable appetite and was diagnosed with the condition, that affects one in 15,000 babies born in the United States.

"When she was little, the first words out of her mouth were 'I'm hungry' and the last ones were 'I'm hungry'", her mother, Jennifer told SWNS.

Anna Hankins has Prader-Willi Syndrom. See SWNS story NYHUNGER; A 15-year-old girl who weighs 380lbs due to a rare condition which makes her so hungry she rifles through BINS in search of grub has been crowned a pageant queen. Anna Hankins has Prader-Willi Syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder which causes low muscle tone, short stature and chronic eating. The ninth grader was born prematurely and underweight, but as a toddler developed an insatiable appetite and was diagnosed with the condition aged two. She would pinch food from her parents' plates, could eat a whole pack of cookies in one go and even rifled through the trash in search of grub. It became so extreme that her parents started locking the FRIDGE and closets to stop Anna raiding them. The teenager, of Louisville, Mississippi, is now on a 900 calorie-a-day diet but because her body does not break down food properly, she cannot lose weight. She needs oxygen to help her breathe and is unable to dress herself of tie her shoelaces because of her size. Her mum, bank branch manager Jennifer Hankins, 37, said strangers stare and kids ask why she is 'fat'. Despite her health issues, the brave teenager loves being center stage and was recently crowned queen in a pageant celebrating women and girls with disabilities. Precious photos show Anna grinning as she is crowned Mississippi winner, and she is set to represent her state in the national Miss Amazing content in Chicago in August.

Anna's mother said that they would get up in the morning and discover she had made a whole cake in the middle of the night.  (© Jennifer Hankins / SWNS.com)

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Throughout her childhood, Anna’s hunger has been out of control. "We would get up in the morning, and [found out that] in the middle of the night she had gotten up and made a whole cake,” her mother said.

The mother of two said she had to lock the fridge and cabinets to prevent Anna from raiding them. "We would clean her room and find empty food wrappers and candy wrappers — anything she could get her hands on.”

The teenager from Louisville, Miss., is on a 900 calorie-a-day food plan but, because her body does not break down food properly, she cannot lose weight. She currently weighs 380 pounds. 

Due to her weight, Anna is unable to dress herself and needs oxygen to help her breathe.

"I have Prader-Willi Syndrome and I get hungry a lot. It can be difficult to deal with sometimes,” Anna told SWNS. 

Anna Hankins with her mum Jennifer and brother Jack. See SWNS story NYHUNGER; A 15-year-old girl who weighs 380lbs due to a rare condition which makes her so hungry she rifles through BINS in search of grub has been crowned a pageant queen. Anna Hankins has Prader-Willi Syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder which causes low muscle tone, short stature and chronic eating. The ninth grader was born prematurely and underweight, but as a toddler developed an insatiable appetite and was diagnosed with the condition aged two. She would pinch food from her parents' plates, could eat a whole pack of cookies in one go and even rifled through the trash in search of grub. It became so extreme that her parents started locking the FRIDGE and closets to stop Anna raiding them. The teenager, of Louisville, Mississippi, is now on a 900 calorie-a-day diet but because her body does not break down food properly, she cannot lose weight. She needs oxygen to help her breathe and is unable to dress herself of tie her shoelaces because of her size. Her mum, bank branch manager Jennifer Hankins, 37, said strangers stare and kids ask why she is 'fat'. Despite her health issues, the brave teenager loves being center stage and was recently crowned queen in a pageant celebrating women and girls with disabilities. Precious photos show Anna grinning as she is crowned Mississippi winner, and she is set to represent her state in the national Miss Amazing content in Chicago in August.

Anna's mother Jennifer, who also has a 12-year-old son, Jack, said, "We walk into restaurants and people automatically stare at us."  ( © Jennifer Hankins / SWNS.com)

But one way that’s helped boost the teenager’s self-esteem is by taking part in the Miss Amazing pageant, which celebrates women and girls with disabilities.

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"I love Miss Amazing. My favorite thing is singing and makeup and hair," Anna said.

Anna first got involved in the pageant world in fourth grade and has since participated in three events, most recently in November, winning the state title each time.

Lori Brasfield-Sanders, director of Miss Amazing Mississippi, told SWNS, "The biggest misconception people have regarding people with disabilities is that they cannot lead full, engaging lives.” 

She added, "Anna is an amazing ambassador; she is very popular and she loves participating.”