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Journal of the Korean Child Neurology Society 2018;26(4):263-268.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26815/jkcns.2018.26.4.263    Published online December 31, 2018.
Obesity Prevalence in Pediatric Headaches
A-Luem Han, Chan Ok Shin, Kyoung Soon Cho, Joong Hyun Bin, Min Ho Jung, Byung-Kyu Suh
Department of Pediatrics, The Catholic University of Korea, College of medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence:  Kyoung Soon Cho, Tel: +82-32-340-7065, Fax: +82-32-340-2673, 
Email: soon926@catholic.ac.kr
Received: 31 August 2018   • Revised: 28 September 2018   • Accepted: 5 October 2018
Obesity and headache are two highly prevalent diseases both in childhood and adolescent. In this study, we assessed the prevalence of obesity in pediatric headaches patients in a single institution in Korea, and differences according to age, sex, headache type, frequency, intensity, and disability.
We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 340 subjects (6–18 years of age) who visited the Pediatric Headache Clinic of Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital during the period from January 2015 through March 2018. Data on age, sex, height and weight, as well as headache type, frequency, intensity and disability, were collected. Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile was calculated based on the 2017 Korean Children Adolescence Growth Chart.
17.6% of the pediatric headache patients were obese. The prevalence of obesity in male patients was higher than females (Male 23.8% VS Female 11.6%, P=0.002). There were no significant differences in obesity rate according to age, headache type, frequency, intensity, and disability.
The prevalence of obesity in the pediatric headache population was 17.6% which is higher than 10.1% in general population (Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, KNHANES, 2013).
Key Words: Child, Headache, Obesity, Migraine, Tension-type headache, Body Mass Index
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