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Childhood Migraine Linked to Adult Weight Gain

Early migraine may mean later weight gain for some women. According to a University of Washington study, 40% of women who had migraine as children or adolescents had gained at least 22 pounds since age 18, compared to 30% of women who never had migraines.

The findings were drawn from a study of 3,700 pregnant women who were asked their height and weight at age 18 and then again just before they became pregnant, and whether they had been diagnosed with migraine. About 25% of the women who were obese had migraine compared to 17% of the women of normal weight.

Study lead Michelle A. Williams said the findings hinted that weight and migraines may fuel each other in some way, according to a Reuters Health story. While more research is needed, Williams said, “I would endorse the advice offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that promotes a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and avoidance of adult weight gain.”

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