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Breakfast skipping and implications for diet and health

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Breakfast is often viewed as the best meal of the day. However, skipping breakfast is becoming a common aspect of modern lifestyles. In particular, the proportion of children, teens and young adults skipping breakfast is on the rise which is likely to have implications for their later health. 

A new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association Journal Circulation [1] discusses how this habit may increase the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The statement advises the public to always eat breakfast on the grounds that allocating more calories earlier in the day could reduce the risk of illness. 

The announcement highlighted a link between eating breakfast and having lower heart disease risk factors, noting that people who eat breakfast daily are less likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure. They also said people who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese, have inadequate nutrition, show evidence of impaired glucose metabolism or be diagnosed with diabetes.

The statement, issued by the American Heart Association, has been supported by heart experts in the UK.

 

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