Weight and Migraine Occurrence: Is There a Link?

This article originally appeared here.
Data on 288,981 individuals was compared between obese, underweight and those considered at normal weight.
Data on 288,981 individuals was compared between obese, underweight and those considered at normal weight.

HealthDay News — Weight – both overweight and underweight – may influence risk of migraine headaches, according to a review published online April 12 in Neurology.

B. Lee Peterlin, DO, director of headache research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues evaluated 12 previously published studies with 288,981 unique participants. 

Related Articles

The investigators found that obese people (body mass index of 30 kg/m² or higher) were 27% more likely to have migraines than people who were at a normal weight. Those who were underweight (body mass index of less than 18.5 kg/m²) were 13% more likely to have migraines.

"Studies are needed to confirm whether interventions that modify obesity status decrease the risk of migraine," the authors conclude.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)