Teens with Bad Habits Risk Headache

Researchers analyzed data on more than 5,800 teenagers, and found that among those who were overweight, smoked and did not exercise, about 55 percent had recurring headaches. Only 25 percent of the teens who had none of these traits suffered from such headaches.

Smoking raised the risk for headaches by 50 percent, while being overweight increased it by 40 percent and not exercising raised it by 20 percent.

According to the Washington Post, one part of the problem is that:

“Physical activity often decreases as kids become teens. In the United States, an estimated 20 percent of high school students and 6 percent of middle school students smoke, and at least 20 percent are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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