Physical inactivity, excess weight and smoking associated with headaches in teens

Do headaches always strike randomly? It appears that in teenagers at least, headaches are more common among those who have an unhealthy lifestyle. A certain proportion of headaches could therefore be prevented in young people.

Do headaches always strike randomly? It appears that in teenagers at least, headaches are more common among those who have an unhealthy lifestyle. A certain proportion of headaches could therefore be prevented in young people.

Researchers interviewed more than 5500 students about their experience with headaches. The adolescents also completed a questionnaire and underwent a clinical examination that included height and weight measurements. The students who were overweight, did little physical activity or smoked were significantly more at risk for recurrent headaches than their peers. Previous research had also suggested that being physically active and abstaining from alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco could help prevent headaches in adolescents.

The effects of each negative lifestyle factor were similar in magnitude for all headache types, which suggests that these factors may be associated not only with headaches, but with all pain.

Therefore, if your days or those of your teens are clouded by headache pain, this is yet another reason for adopting a positive lifestyle: you can derive countless benefits from maintaining a healthy body weight, staying active and quitting smoking!

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