Eating Breakfast Keeps Teenagers Leaner

Posted on April 12, 2008  Comments (3)

Breakfast ‘keeps teenagers lean’

In a five year study of more than 2,000 youngsters, those who skipped breakfast weighed on average 5lbs (2.3kg) more than those who ate first thing. This was despite the fact that the breakfast-eaters consumed more calories in the course of the day. But the study in Pediatrics found they were likely to be much more active.

The University of Minnesota research adds weight to a growing body of evidence that those who eat breakfast – whether young or old – are leaner than those who do not.

“The real problem is the profusion of messages about obesity. We need to make clear that eating regular meals is vital – and that a proper breakfast is very important. “If you eat well first thing, you’ll feel brighter, you’ll have more get up and go – and that will mean you’ll expend more energy.”

Teenagers are not the only ones who may benefit from sitting down to a proper breakfast. In a study of nearly 7,000 middle-aged people in Norfolk, a team from Cambridge University found that those who ate the most in the morning put on the least amount of weight.

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3 Responses to “Eating Breakfast Keeps Teenagers Leaner”

  1. kevin
    April 13th, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

    People need to understand that eating breakfest is the most important meal of the day. It the one meal thats gets the body going. Eating a healthy breakfest wakes up your system, gets your metabolism going and starts burning calories. If you dont eat it messes with your system and doesn’t function properly. So heres to making sure are kids get the day going right. What they it is a whole nether topic.

  2. No name provided
    April 14th, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

    It really makes sense. I don’t understand why people skip breakfast. It really gets your metabolism going and provides that extra boost for the morning..

  3. Ron
    April 17th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    After 10-12 hours of fasting, it does make sense to take in some food. From my understanding, avoiding food turns the body into a fat storing machine as a survival mechanism. Correct me if I’m wrong..

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