Childhood Migraines Linked to Weight Gain Among Women

According to a study published in the journal Headache women who experienced migraines as children are more likely than others to gain weight as adults.

Researchers studied more than 3,700 women who were being followed by an unrelated study on pregnancy outcomes. The women were asked about their height and weight at age 18 and just before they got pregnant and whether they’d ever been diagnosed with migraine disease.

One in every six average weight women had been diagnosed with migraine disease while one in four obese women had been diagnosed with migraine disease. Even after ruling out other factors such as high blood pressure and smoking the migraine risk was still higher among overweight women and the risk rose with higher weight.

Unfortunately, the study relied on the women to self-report the information, which can be a limited method of data collection because it requires the subjects to remember and accurately report. However, the results of this study echo the findings of previous research studies on weight and migraine prevalence.

The researchers said it is possible that the gastrointestinal issues associated with migraine disease cause women to alter their eating habits or that the effects of exertion, a common migraine trigger, causes them to modify their exercise habits. However, the study did not address the possible explanations for the correlation. These possible links are pure speculation.

I wonder if it’s possible there is some correlation between women with migraines and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the main reason I carry extra weight, and I’ve known a number of women who, like me, live with both of these diseases. But that is just my curiosity.

Girls With Migraines Pack On Extra Pounds

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