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The Research: Regular breakfast helps you lose weight, concentrate

Breakfast and obesity

Research shows that, if people eat a healthy breakfast -- not Pop-Tarts or doughnuts -- they are less likely to become obese, because they are less likely to snack and overeat at lunch. A protein-rich breakfast increases a person's ability to focus and concentrate, research shows.

  • Breakfast reduces chances of obesity

    People who usually eat breakfast are 35 to 50 percent less likely to be obese and diabetic than those who usually do not. About 47 percent of whites and 22 percent of blacks say they eat breakfast. CARDIA study, about 3,000 participants, 2003.

  • Skipping breakfast linked with obesity

    In a 15,000-participant, study, the risk of becoming obese was shown to be 34 percent greater in those who skipped breakfast. The International Journal of Obesity, 2010.

  • Americans recognize - but ignore - the importance of breakfast

    Eighty five percent of Americans agree that eating breakfast is important, but increasing numbers of Americans say it is too hard to find the time.

  • Good recipes for protein-rich quick breakfasts for kids
  • Number of fat cells is set in childhood and stays constant in adulthood
  • Breakfast and concentration/performance in school

  • National study published in Indian Pediatrics shows regular breakfast increases concentration, attention in schoolchildren
  • Tufts University study shows increase in attention and memory retention in schoolchildren who eat regular breakfast. Effects were greater in children who ate oatmeal, compared with those who ate commercial cereal. So what children eat for breakfast has effect too. Similar studies have shown that egg breakfasts have more beneficial effect than muffin breakfasts.

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