Study: Obesity Has ‘Disabling’ Effect On Children Because Of Migraine Headaches

Filed under: Study — @ June 25, 2006

Dr. Andrew D. Hershey, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric neurologist and director of the Headache Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, gave a presentation at the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society in Los Angeles, California this week which revealed the intriguing details about his new study which found there to be a correlation between overweight children and migraine headaches.

The majority of the 466 children in the study already suffered from migraine headaches, but Dr. Hershey found the overweight study participants were 36 percent more likely to have headaches that would be considered “disabling” because they would cause the child to miss time from school and social activities.

While I am sure this is probably the case, I think Dr. Hershey left out a very important aspect of life for children dealing with being overweight.

bq. A more likely scenario is for a chubby child to TELL his mom he has a headache so he can stay home from school when actually he just doesn’t want to go to school because of a poor self-image or the other kids are teasing him. Childhood for a fat kid is ruthless. You’re picked on, spat upon, emotionally tortured, physically abused, laughed at as a joke, the butt of practical jokes, shoved around like a worthless sack of spoiled potatoes, and left wondering why God even allowed you to be born in the first place.

My side theory notwithstanding, Dr. Hershey and his research team are still monitoring the children in the study putting them on weight loss programs to see if their headache condition improves.

Click here to read more about the study as well as more on my theory that some of the kids may be faking their headaches to mask the emotional and psychological pain that comes from the teasing they experience because of their weight.

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