How Weight Affects Migraine Disease

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Key Questions
  • Can significant weight gain trigger the onset of migraine?
  • Is there a definitive causative relationship between weight and migraine, or is it simply middle age in which both weight and migraine increase?
  • Is the risk of migraine any different for people who are overweight or underweight?
  • Is there a correlation with being overweight or underweight and having chronic migraine?
  • What does the research say about why many migraine symptoms are related to digestion?
  • Does inflammation play a role in migraine?
  • What are some practical ways to reduce weight safely for someone with migraine?
  • Are there any weight loss tactics that can actually make migraine worse?
  • Does research indicate that behavioral weight loss intervention or migraine education can reduce migraine frequency or severity?
  • Do researchers know how reducing inflammation might affect migraine, and are anti-inflammatory supplements like turmeric, omega-3, or capsaicin considered effective for people with migraine?
  • Are there any important considerations for how someone with migraine approaches exercise for weight loss?
Interview Notes

Dale Bond, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
The Miriam Hospital and Brown Alpert Medical School Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center

Dr. Dale Bond is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Miriam Hospital and the Brown Alpert Medical School. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in health promotion and education at Purdue University and the University of Utah, respectively, and completed postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine at Brown Alpert Medical School. His research involves two principal areas: (1) assessing and intervening on energy balance behaviors and related mechanisms in the context of bariatric surgery and obesity; and (2) assessment and treatment of psychological and behavioral risk factors and comorbidities among individuals who have migraine.

Dr. Bond has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other organizations to conduct prospective studies and randomized trials pursuant to advancement of these areas. He has received scientific honors/awards from the Association of Migraine Disorders and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He also sits on the editorial boards for multiple obesity-related journals, is a member of several committees for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), was a recent member of the NIH Behavioral Interventions and Outcomes study section, and is a research mentor within the NHLBI T32 Postdoctoral Training in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Program at The Miriam Hospital and Brown University.

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