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A new study shows that when kids skip lunch, they are not able to get enough nutrients from the rest of the food they eat during the day. Researchers examined nutrition information for about 4,800 children and found that 7%-20% of them skipped lunch one day or more per week.
Children who skipped lunch tended to be deficient in a variety of vitamins, including A, D, E, and K. They also consumed less fiber and protein, but surprisingly, their total sugar and solid fat intakes were no different than children who ate lunch. When children do not eat lunch at school and have to spend hours on an empty stomach, they will be more likely to snack when they get home and overeat at dinner.
These findings were published in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on February 16, 2016.