Breakfast : The Most Important Meal Of The Day ?
Is there a good reason to eat breakfast?
It sounds entirely sensible to start off the day with breakfast.
However ,until recently there was little or no scientific evidence to prove that eating breakfast is advisable.
Many children and adults find themselves skipping breakfast to get going early or to get that extra ten minutes in bed.
Is it having an affect on our health?
In this month's Archives of Pediatrics, the results of a study are published which suggest that children who start eating breakfast,when previously they didn't ,show acadmic, emotional and social improvement.
Hoe the researchers did their study was very clever.
They interviewed 133 low-income students before a free breakfast program was started at their schools.
Four months later the reasearchers re-evaluated the students'progress through a combination of school data,teacher ratings and in-depth interviews with students and parents.
The researches concluded that."Higher rates of participation in school breakfast programs are associated in the short-term with improved student functioning on a broad range of psychosocial and academic measures."
Children who ate breakfast more frequently improved in math and were absent and late less than children who did not eat breakfast more often.
Both children and teachers found there were less paychosocial problems in the children eating breakfast more .
So it seems that there is clear scientific evidene for what we've always suspected -- eating breakfast makes a lot of sense.