We all know the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but apparently two breakfasts are now better than one. At least that's what a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity claims.
The study, lead by researchers at Yale and the University of Connecticut, followed 600 middle-school students for three years (from fifth to seventh grades) and tracked their weight as they ate no breakfast at all, one breakfast at home, or one at home and another at school each morning. Surprisingly, their findings show it wasn't the children who indulge in second breakfast but those who skip it altogether who are more likely to be overweight or obese, the Washington Post reports.
So basically we should all be eating like Merry and Pippin in Lord of the Rings.
But don't try to use this as excuse to double down on pancakes at brunch. "It's not like these kids are eating two breakfasts of donuts," Marlene Schwartz, of UConn's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, told the Post. "School breakfasts are very healthy. It's fruit and low-fat dairy and whole grains. So you could almost think of it as a healthy snack."
While the researchers didn't design their study to determine why second breakfast is better than none, they have a few ideas: people who skip breakfast are likely famished by the time lunch rolls around and then tend to overeat—and/or don't choose healthy options—in the afternoon; while others who are already overweight might skip breakfast in attempt to lose a few pounds.
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