Laziness and Junk Food Are Teen Headaches
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Aug 24
Adolescent couch potatoes have significantly more headaches compared with their healthier counterparts, and each unhealthy behavior has an additive effect on headache, according to a study from Norway.
Excess weight, inactivity, and smoking independently increased the risk of recurrent headache. And as the number of unhealthy behaviors increased, so did headache diagnoses and frequency.
investigators interviewed nearly 6,000 junior high and high school students living in the same Norwegian county from 1995 to 1997. The interview included a comprehensive questionnaire that elicited information about headache, smoking, physical activity, and other health and lifestyle issues. The students also underwent a brief clinical examination.
The results showed that roughly a third of the participants had low physical activity, a fifth smoked, and a sixth were overweight. Individually, the factors increased headache prevalence by 20-50 percent compared with the good-lifestyle group.