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Research Letter
June 24, 2019

Association Between Food Insecurity and Migraine Among US Young Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 4Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Neurol. 2019;76(9):1121-1122. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.1663

Food insecurity, defined as limited or intermittent access to nutritionally adequate and safe foods, accessed in socially acceptable ways, is associated with numerous adverse physical and mental health outcomes.1 One in 6 individuals are affected by migraine, which is inversely associated with household income2; however, little is known about the association between food insecurity and migraine, particularly in the United States and among young adults. Young adulthood represents an important period distinct from adolescence and older adulthood, when economic and educational transitions may increase risk for food insecurity. The objective of this study was to determine the association between food insecurity and migraine in a nationally representative sample of US young adults.

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