Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Chronic Headache Linked to Depression, Not Obesity

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Chronic Headache Linked to Depression, Not Obesity

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BOSTON -- Chronic daily headache was not associated with obesity but was significantly associated with depression in a study of more than 300 neurology patients in Brazil.

The lack of an association between obesity and headache in the Brazilian sample contradicts findings from a recent population-based study in the United States showing that obese individuals in the community were at significantly increased risk for developing chronic daily headache, Dr. Luiz Queiroz said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Queiroz of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil, and colleagues interviewed 336 patients at two neurology clinics from May to November 2005 regardless of whether or not their main complaint was for headache-related symptoms. The interview covered questions about sociodemographic data, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and headache characteristics.

The prevalence of depression in the full sample, indicated by a score of 21 or higher on the BDI scale, was 31%, and the prevalence of obesity was 17%, Dr. Queiroz reported in a poster presentation. Depression and obesity were not significantly associated, but both obesity and depression were significantly more prevalent among women than men, Dr. …

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