By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 11:15 am in Health & Safety.
A new study says Mom was right all along. Eating breakfast is important. In fact, adolescents who eat that morning meal end up with a lower body mass index — in other words, starting your day with cereal or toast and eggs translates into leaner, healthier bodies. A University of Minnesota “EAT (Eating Among Teens)” study, published this month in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, followed 2,216 teens over five years, and compared their breakfast intake to their body mass index and weight. Teens who ate breakfast regularly ate more carbohydrates and fiber, but their fat intake dropped and activity levels rose. The theory is that what they’re eating raises glucose and insulin levels, which makes them feel more satisfied, and reduces the chances of overeating later in the day.
And, say experts, adults might want to pay attention too. Don’t just serve up the flapjacks or Cheerios. Sit down and have breakfast too.