The study, carried out at Kuwait University, and still to be formally published, recruited 400 participants – 200 with vitiligo and 200 without. Diagnosis was confirmed by dermatologists and the weight and height of all participants were taken to calculated Body mass index – a measure of obesity.
The researchers found no significant association between body weight and vitiligo. However, the researchers found that individuals with a high body mass index (obese) tended to have their vitiligo progress faster after onset, than individuals with a healthy body weight.
A limitation of this study was that all participants were Caucasian; so we cannot tell if the results are applicable to other ethnicities.
Conclusion: Obesity does not appear to increase your likelihood of getting vitiligo, however, it can increase the rate of progression of the patches.
P.S. A healthy body mass index (BMI) is one between 18.5 and 25. You can check out your BMI using the chart below (click chart for full size image):
Author: Michael Dawson
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