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Investigating the Association between Weight Status, Weight Change, and Headache in Young Australian Women.


Pervasive evidence has emerged suggesting an association exists between primary headaches (namely migraine) and obesity. However, only a very limited number of studies are prospective in nature and/or incorporated lifestyle and psychological factors into the model when investigating the migraine-obesity association. In this research, we will use cross-sectional data to explore what (if any) lifestyle and/or psychological factors known to correlate with both conditions have the greatest impact, and create a multivariate model that will show how these factors work together to predict headache in a nationally representative population of reproductive Australian women, aged 18-23 years. We will also use prospective data to examine the association between changes in women's weight status and self-reported headache frequency.