How important is it to eat breakfast? We’ve heard the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or perhaps the advice “skip breakfast and you’re more likely to put on weight because you will snack before lunch”. But how much is myth and how much is backed up by scientific studies?
This and many other questions about how important breakfast is are discussed in an article on the BBC website this month. The data is confusing to say to least. It has been shown that children who skip breakfast do not tend to consume more overall calories than those that break the fast in the conventional manner. Ok so far, but what has also been shown is that children who are overweight tend to skip breakfast. Here is the problem, do they skip breakfast because they are overweight? Or are they overweight because they skip breakfast?