Do You Skip Breakfast? Science Has Bad News for You

Do You Skip Breakfast? Science Has Bad News for You

You've probably already heard all about how skipping breakfast is actually kind of bad for you, but it turns out that skipping the most important meal of the day might actually be worse for you than eating double breakfast.

A study conducted among school-aged kids in Connecticut and published in the journal Pediatric Obesity on Thursday found that participants who ate two breakfasts, one at school and one at home, "were more likely to exhibit a healthy weight trajectory" than kids who frequently skipped breakfast altogether.

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In fact, the study found that the kids who skipped breakfast were actually "twice as likely to be overweight or obese than double-breakfast eaters," reported the Washington Post, and when it came to the double breakfast-eaters, "their weight change over the years was no different than the average weight change of all students, according to the study."

Basically, if the results of the study hold true for adults, it may be better to eat two nutritious breakfasts than none at all, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.

A word of caution, however, to anyone planning to begin eating two breakfasts a day: The study was conducted among students who were eating school breakfasts, which, as Marlene Schwartz, one of the study's authors, told the Washington Post, are required to meet nutrition requirements. 

"It's not like these kids are eating two breakfasts of donuts," Schwartz said. "School breakfasts are very healthy. It's fruit and low-fat dairy and whole grains."