Hypothalamic Obesity

Brain Tumor Threatens Young Girl’s Health

Young Alexis first appeared on The Doctors in February 2014, when her mother, Jenny, explained that a benign tumor in the center of Alexis’ brain had caused uncontrollable weight gain. Today, after undergoing dangerous surgeries to remove the tumor and...

Brain Tumor Causes Insatiable Appetite

Alexis, 12, has developed hypothalamic obesity after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that damaged her brain and caused it to “think” she’s starving. Learn what it’s like for Alexis to live with non-stop hunger.

Gastric Bypass for 12-Year-Old?

Alexis, 12, has developed hypothalamic obesity after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that damaged her brain and caused it to “think” she’s starving. Gastric bypass surgery could help stop Alexis' unrelenting weight gain. Find out how the...

What Causes Hypothalamic Obesity?

Alexis, 12, has developed hypothalamic obesity after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that damaged her brain and caused it to “think” she’s starving. Learn what her life is like today. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains the cause of...

Gastric Bypass to Save Girl's Life

Meet a 12-year-old girl who suffers from non-stop hunger cravings that have caused her to gain 150 pounds in two years. Learn about the condition that triggers her insatiable appetite — and why bariatric surgery may be the only solution.

Parents Share Anxiety Over Daughter’s Weight

Alexis, 12, has developed hypothalamic obesity after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that damaged her brain and caused it to “think” she’s starving. Alexis' parents share their fears about their daughter's health and their hopes for her future.