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Story Updated: Jun 27, 2013

They looked at health data from nearly 4-thousand people, using the information to explore the relationship between body mass index and migraine.

The results: The odds of episodic migraine were 81-percent greater in obese participants compared to normal weight participants. The phenomenon was greatest in white women, under 50.

Episodic migraine is defined as up to 14 headaches per month. Chronic migraine is 15 or more per month.

There has been debate over whether obesity is associated with an increased risk of migraine in general...or if this risk is limited to just chronic migraine sufferers.

This new research suggests obesity plays a significant role for all migraine patients.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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