In the midst of our busy schedules, we often miss the most important thing in our daily lives – breakfast. I am very guilty of this because I am often in a rush to leave home in the morning, thus I will forgo my breakfast.
However, I believe everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal for our day. Beside the usual saying that breakfast provides you with energy for the first part of your day, there is an added reason to eat breakfast now.
The report is on teens and adolescents who eat breakfast every day are less likely to become overweight or obese in the near future and they typically lead a more active, healthier lifestyle than their peers who skip breakfast, according to the latest research published by Project EAT. Researchers followed the dietary habits and lifestyles of 2,200 adolescents for five years to identify any possible link between body weight change and breakfast. The study was conducted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Project Eating Among Teens (EAT).
The Project EAT study, titled “Breakfast Eating and Weight Change in a 5-Year Prospective Analysis of Adolescents: Project EAT,” started five years ago when study participants were adolescents. Now in their teens, those who ate breakfast daily are thinner and have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those that frequently skipped breakfast. BMI is a measurement used to determine risk of obesity.
Many people think skipping breakfast is an effective way to limit calories but the opposite is actually true, according to Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, Project EAT’s principal investigator. Skipping breakfast leads to overeating later in the day, especially in the evenings.
This is a reminder to myself to take my breakfast everyday. If you are really in a rush of time, grab two slices of wholemeal bread and eat them along the way. There are many ways to it. It is all up to us, really.