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Obesity and Bad Habits Can Cause Frequent Headaches

Posted Aug 19 2010 12:00am

In a recent study, teens who smoked, exercised less than twice a week and were overweight or obese were over three times more likely to have recurrent headaches. Of the roughly 5,800 teens surveyed, 55 percent of those who had all three bad lifestyle factors also had recurrent headaches, compared to only 25 percent with no negative factors. Experts recommend maintaining healthy habits to reduce the number of headaches. It has been shown that obesity contributes to headache frequency in both adolescents and adults. Obesity promotes inflammation in the body and it has been linked in previous research to pain of all kinds. Obesity stresses the skeletal and vascular systems, increasing the risk for blood clots and a variety of illnesses.

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