Sept. 12--Not that anyone needs one, but here's another problem for obese
people, especially women: They are much more likely to get even occasional
A study published in Wednesday's issue of the journal Neurology found that obese
people were 81% more likely to have episodic migraines -- those with 14 or fewer
headache days a month -- than people of normal weight. The research adds to a
known connection between obesity and migraines.
"Previous studies have shown a link between people with chronic migraine and
obesity, but the research has been conflicting on whether that link existed for
those with less frequent attacks," the study's author, B. Lee Peterlin of Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, said in a statement.
The information is important, he said, in part because people can lose weight --
and perhaps lose the migraines, headaches that can be debilitating.
For the study, 3,862 people completed surveys. Their average age was 47.
The research found the strongest relationship between obesity and migraines
among people younger than 50, white and female. No studies, the researchers
wrote, have found an association between migraines and obesity in
The mechanism for the connection between weight and headaches is not known, the
researchers said. But they suggested that the differing distributions of body
fat and its metabolic functions could play a role. And they said, it's possible
that having migraines predisposes people to gaining weight.
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