Can’t Stop Eating follows the stories of a small number of British people who suffer from Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a complex and lifelong medical condition that affects both males and females.
People affected by the condition have an obsession with eating food, have reduced muscle tone, learning difficulties, are emotionally unstable and have low levels of maturity. It is currently estimated that 1 in 15 from all races are born with the syndrome – PWS got its name from the doctors who first described the disorder in 1956.
In the documentary we meet Joe Blackburn, a 21 year-old who at the start of the film weighs in at over 30 stone and struggling to maintain his health and relationships with family members.
Tamara Allwood, 27, who was diagnosed with PWS late in her life and was also in real danger of dying due to her eating obsession, has decided to visit her estranged mother in London who has never fully understood her illness.