Thursday, July 24, 2008

If You Do Not Want To Be Overweight, Stop Skipping Your Breakfast!

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for people to skip breakfast, the first meal of the day. Either they prefer to sleep a little longer or they are simply too lazy to prepare breakfast. Such phenomenon does apply to many teenagers, too.

However, skipping breakfast not only means that you will miss the most important meal of the day, as suggested by some health experts, but also have some implications on the weight of teenagers.

According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota's department of epidemiology and community health, teenagers who eat breakfast consume more daily calories yet weigh less. The findings of the study, code named “Project EAT (Eating Among Teens)”, were published on March 3, 2008 on the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

By observing more than 2,200 teens over 5 years, the Project EAT showed that teens who start their day with breakfast tend to consume more calories, carbohydrate and fiber over the course of the day than those who skipped the meal. Meanwhile, the breakfast-eaters weighed less. Those kids who eat breakfast every day are at a lower obesity-risk.

This new study clearly supports what other studies have shown: kids who skip breakfast tend to gain more weight, and would thus be at a higher risk for obesity. Nevertheless, Project EAT is an observational study. In order to find out the link between breakfast habits and body weight, the researchers of Project EAT stressed that experimental study into breakfast habits will be required.

Citing a biennial study dating from 2005, the “F as in Fat” report, issued in 2007 by the Trust for America’s Health, also indicated that 16 percent of American teenage boys and 10 percent of teen girls were overweight, and the number of teenagers in the United States with a weight problem has tripled in the past 20 years.

People who are overweight or are obese are known to be possible victims of various medical disorders including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, etc.

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