Breakfast. A meal that is considered the most important meal of the day, but is the one that most people will skip out on. As people grow up, they are constantly told to eat breakfast, whether it be by their parents, doctors or teachers. So why don’t we eat breakfast every day if we are told to?
Time is a huge barrier as to why most people don’t eat breakfast. This includes waking up late, not having enough time to make food or stopping somewhere to get some, or choosing to sleep in for those few extra minutes.
Studies show that skipping breakfast can cause multiple problems for all people, including children, women and men. Research in Australia has shown that many children who skip breakfast are significantly heavier than those who eat breakfast, as well as causing them to make poor food choices for the rest of the day. Women who skipped breakfast had an increased diabetes risk and men have a higher incidence of heart disease.
Learning about the negatives of not eating breakfast may not be enough to convince you to eat breakfast every day, so what are the positives? Breakfast is necessary because it breaks the overnight fasting period, jumpstarts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day. Research has shown that people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months and have more nutritious diets. Children and adolescents who eat breakfast have better performance regarding their memory and attention.
Now that you’ve learned about the positive effects of breakfast, let’s talk about what makes a good breakfast. Good breakfast choices can range from having good fiber to a low amount of protein. High fiber meals include a high fiber cereal with fresh fruit and low fat milk or high fiber toast or bagel with some peanut butter. Protein meals include a protein shake with fruit or a protein bar and yogurt with a glass of milk (Rush).
These breakfast meals are very simple to make and can be made while completing daily routines. These items can be found all over campus and are even made available to take with us throughout the day. If you’re running late, stop by the Cog where you will be able to take some fruit or a bagel to go.
It’s a decision that will help you get through the rest of your day. By learning these facts, I hope that you have realized how important breakfast is and that it will benefit you in your day-to-day life as well as for many years to come.
Cassandra Lee is a freshman studying sports management.