It has been found that even eating two breakfasts is a better deal than eating none among school kids.
Those students who ate breakfast were less likely to be fat than other pupils who skipped breakfast. The new study lends conclusive evidence regarding this fact.
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The policy change that needs to be made in most schools was regarding the compulsory eating of breakfast at the school premises. This step would ensure that nobody skimped on breakfast.
Eating breakfast was linked with improvements in school studies, more vitality as far as health was concerned and a reduced BMI. However, there have been certain concerns regarding a second breakfast at school after eating one at home.
“Our study does not support those concerns,” said Jeannette Ickovics, the paper’s senior author, director of CARE, and a professor at Yale School of Public Health.
“Providing a healthy breakfast to students at school helps alleviate food insecurity and is associated with students maintaining a healthy weight.”
However, the experts behind the study said that ensuring that the students ate a breakfast at school was a necessary ingredient for food security programs.
It also didn’t result in a weight problem, according to the researchers. Over 584 middle schools students were included in the study. They hailed from 12 schools.
At all the schools, breakfast and lunch were provided to students free of cost. The students were tracked during a two year period from the 5th grade to the 7th grade.
“When it comes to the relationship between school breakfast and body weight, our study suggests that two breakfasts are better than none,” said Marlene Schwartz, a study author and director of the Rudd Center.
This study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, found that those students who skipped or haphazardly ate or didn’t eat their breakfasts were more likely to put on weight. Even those who ate double breakfasts were not as overweight as these subjects.
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As for the weight transformations of those who ate double breakfasts, they were the same as those of the control group. Thus eating two breakfasts are still a better deal than eating no breakfast. The childhood obesity epidemic in the US could be curbed via this method of prevention.