Research Report News Podcast: Childhood Obesity Tied to Skipping Breakfast

Researchers from the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found that kids who miss breakfast are twice as likely as other children to be overweight or obese. Specifically, students who had two breakfasts each morning – one at home and one at school – were shown to be less likely to become obese or overweight than children who skipped their morning meal.

The study included nearly 600 students at 12 middle schools that provided free breakfast and studied eating habits and weight for students from 5th to 7th grade. Students who didn’t regularly eat breakfast were more than twice as likely to have weight problems as the children who ate two-morning meals. This study shows that when it comes to the relationship between weight and school breakfast, two breakfasts are better than none.

These findings were published in Pediatric Obesity on March 17, 2016.

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