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Skipping breakfast may increase children’s risk of psychosocial health problems

Skipping breakfast may increase children’s risk of psychosocial health problems



 

Skipping breakfast may increase children’s risk of psychosocial health problems.

Children who eat a nutritious breakfast at home have better psychosocial health, according to research recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition.

Although previous studies have noted the importance of healthy meals, this is the first to report the impact of whether children eat breakfast and where and what they eat.

These findings provide valuable insights and advice for parents and their children.

 

Skipping breakfast may increase children's risk of psychosocial health problems

 

 

Study lead author Dr. José Francisco López-Gil from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, said:

“Our results show that not only does breakfast matter, but also where and what young people eat breakfast.

Eating breakfast or eating breakfast outside is associated with an increased likelihood of psychosocial behavioral problems in children and adolescents.

Likewise, intake of certain foods/drinks is associated with higher (eg, processed meat) or lower (eg, dairy, cereal) ) of psychosocial behavioral problems.”

 

López-Gil and his colleagues analyzed data from the 2017 Spanish National Health Survey for the study.

The survey included questionnaires about the children’s breakfast choices, as well as their psychosocial well-being, which included aspects of self-esteem, mood and anxiety.

3,772 Spaniards aged 4 to 14 participated in the survey, answered by the child’s parent or guardian.

 

Skipping breakfast may increase children's risk of psychosocial health problems

 

 

Among the most notable findings, López-Gil and his colleagues found that eating breakfast outside was almost as bad as skipping it at all.

The authors speculate that this may be because eating out is generally less healthy than eating at home.

 

The findings also showed that a reduced risk of behavioural problems was associated with the consumption of coffee , milk, tea, chocolate, cocoa, yogurt, bread , toast, cereal and pastries.

Unexpectedly, a greater chance of these problems was associated with eating eggs , cheese and ham.

 

Although the study was limited to Spain, its results are consistent with other studies conducted elsewhere.

Healthy meals provided by schools may have an impact on results in some places.

 

Skipping breakfast may increase children's risk of psychosocial health problems

 

However, other variables, such as the social and family support young people may receive when they eat breakfast at home, may also play a role in the reported benefits.

The authors stress that more research is needed to understand the cause and effect behind their data, but they still recommend using these findings.

 

López-Gil said: “Eating breakfast outside is associated with greater psychosocial health problems, which is a novel aspect of our research. Our findings reinforce the need to not only promote breakfast as part of a healthy lifestyle, but also Propaganda should be eaten at home. Also, to prevent psychosocial health problems, including dairy or cereal for breakfast and minimizing certain animal foods high in saturated fat/cholesterol may help reduce psychosocial health problems in young adults .”

 

 

 

 

 

Skipping breakfast may increase children’s risk of psychosocial health problems

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