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A new study has found out that students who eat two breakfasts are less likely to become overweight or obese than those kids who do not eat breakfast at all.
Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, Marlene Schwartz, in a University news release stated, “When it comes to the relationship between school breakfast and body weight, our study suggests that two breakfasts are better than none.”
In order to reach the findings, the researchers observed around 584 students at 12 different middle schools which provide free breakfast and lunch. The researchers monitored the student’s breakfast-eating habits and their weight fluctuations from fifth to seventh grade.
The researchers then found out that those students who skipped their breakfasts or did not eat breakfast on a regular basis were twice more likely to become overweight or obese than those who ate breakfast at home and then again at school.
The researchers said that the weight changes in the students who ate two breakfasts was not different from the rest of the students. Prior researchers have shown that eating breakfasts helps in improving school performance of students and benefits their body weight and health.
Although the authors of the current study said that there were some rowing concerns about unhealthy weight gain for students who eat two breakfasts. The current study has now found out that there is nothing to be concerned about, the researchers said.
Professor at the Yale University School of Public Health, Jeannette Ickovics said, “Our study does not support those concerns. Providing a healthy breakfast to students at school helps alleviate food insecurity and is associated with students maintaining a healthy weight.”
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost one-third of children and teenagers in the United States are either overweight to obese.
The findings of the study were published in the journal Pediatric Obesity on March 17.