Headache and Obesity in the Pediatric Population
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Childhood obesity and headache are both significant health concerns that often have a marked impact both personally and socially, that if not addressed can carry over into adulthood. For many individuals, these effects may be magnified when obesity and headache are seen in conjunction. It is this overlap between obesity and headache in children, as well as similarities in the known mechanism of action for feeding and headache, which led to a suspected association between the two. Unfortunately, although recent studies have supported this association, only a limited number have been conducted to directly address this. Furthermore, despite rising rates of childhood obesity and headache, the associated medical comorbidities, and the significant financial cost for these conditions, there is a relative void in studies investigating treatment options that address both underlying conditions of obesity and headache in children.
KeywordsMigraine Headache Pediatric Adolescents Obesity BMI
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Christopher B. Oakley is a consultant for the British Medical Journal, and received honoraria from Southwest Florida Pediatric Conference and travel/accommodations expenses covered or reimbursed by Southwest Florida Pediatric Conference and All Children’s Hospital-Tampa/; St. Petersburg, Florida. Ann I. Scher is a consultant for Allergan, and Scher received grants from DoD (DMRDP, CNRM, CNP) and honoraria from Headache Cooperative of the Pacific. Ana Recober was a one-time consultant and had travel/accommodations expenses covered or reimbursed by Allergan. B. Lee Peterlin received grants from NIH/NINDS (#K23-NS078345), Landenberger Foundation, GSK, and Luitpold Pharmaceuticals.
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