In The News: 31 Million Americans Skip Breakfast Each Morning

| 10/12/2011 11:48:31 AM

J.PattonDespite the old saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” researchers recently discovered 31 million Americans, roughly 10 percent of the population, skip their morning meals each day.

The statistics showed the younger the person, the more likely they were to skip breakfast, with 18- to 34-year-olds being the offenders most often. Males were more likely to skip breakfast when compared to females in all age groups.

People make all sorts of excuses for opting out of breakfast, but whatever the reason, it’s a mistake.

This little guy is starting his morning off right.
Photo by jemsweb/Courtesy

Excuse #1: I’m trying to lose weight. It’s logical thinking that if you skip calories in the morning, you’ll consume less calories overall during the day. However, research has shown this just isn’t the case. Skipping breakfast leaves your body with no fuel first thing in the morning, so you may try to make up for it when lunchtime rolls around, leading to overeating and unnecessary extra calories. It turns out, research has shown that breakfast eaters are more likely to maintain a health weight. Some experts even believe eating breakfast in the morning can help raise your metabolism, which leads to losing weight, rather than gaining.

Excuse #2: I don’t feel like eating. If you skip breakfast, simply because you don’t “feel like” eating, you could be depriving yourself of vital vitamins and nutrients that are unlikely to be consumed during lunch or dinner either. That’s because many breakfast foods, such as oatmeal or eggs, are full of good nutrients and vitamins, like protein and fiber, which some dinnertime favorites do not contain.