A study of youth in Great Britain shows that children who eat breakfast daily are less likely to become obese.
Researchers have found that obese 5-year-olds are about twice as likely not to eat breakfast as children of normal weight.
The finding emerged from a survey of children born in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland during the first two years of this decade. The survey, one of the largest of its kind, involved weighing and measuring more than 15,000 children.
The survey team also found that children’s breakfast habits were strongly related to parents’ work status. Children whose parents were not employed were almost three times as likely to go without breakfast as those with two working parents.
A version of this article appeared in the October 22, 2008 edition of Education Week