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Nutritional Information

Weight Management

Eating breakfast can be an effective strategy in weight reduction, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Adults who eat breakfast, particularly ready to eat breakfast cereal, are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who skip breakfast[1] , and are less likely to regain weight after weight loss[2].

Children who skip breakfast have an increased risk of developing obesity compared to those eating breakfast[3], and regular consumption of breakfast cereal may help children and adolescents to stay slimmer[4].

Although evidence is still emerging on the cause and effect of breakfast consumption on weight, there may be a link between an increased energy expenditure amongst breakfast eaters[5], or an increase in energy consumption later in the day in those who skip breakfast leading to an overall greater energy intake[6].


[1] Deshmukh-Taskar P. et al. (2013) The relationship of breakfast skipping and type of breakfast consumed with overweight/obesity, abdominal obesity, other cardiometabolic risk factors and the metabolic syndrome in young adults. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): 1999-2006. Public Health Nutr, 16 (11): 2073-82

[2] Brikou D. et al. (2016) Breakfast consumption and weight loss maintenance: results from the MedWeight study. Br J Nutr, 115 (12): 2246-51

[3] Bjørnarå H. B. et al. (2014) The association of breakfast skipping and television viewing at breakfast with weight status among parents of 10-12-year-olds in eight European countries; the ENERGY (European Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth) cross-sectional study. Public Health Nutr, 17 (4): 906-14

[4] De La Hunty A. et al. (2013) Does regular breakfast cereal consumption help children and adolescents stay slimmer? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Facts 6 (1): 70-85

[5] Clayton D.J., James L.J. (2016) The effect of breakfast on appetite regulation, energy balance and energy expenditure Proc Nutr Soc 75 (3): 319-27

[6] Reeves S. et al. (2014) Experimental manipulation of breakfast in normal and overweight/obese participants is associated with changes to nutrient and energy intake consumption patterns. Physiol Behav, (133): 130-5

 

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