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Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day

posted May 9, 2016, 6:32 AM by Linda Hopey

According to researchers, students who eat breakfast function better and are less like to be obese than those who skipped the first meal.

Often called the most important meal of the day, breakfast – or more than one breakfast – may be vital in student weight control, according to a new study published in Pediatric Obesity.

A two-year study of 584 middle school students showed that those who ate breakfast at school were less likely to be overweight or obese than their peers who skipped the meal. Even those students who ate breakfast both at home and at school were less likely to have weight problems, according to a news release from UConn Today.

In fact, those who skipped breakfast or ate it irregularly were two times more likely to be overweight or obese than those who ate breakfast. The weight change for all double breakfast eaters was comparable to that of all students.

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Free school breakfasts are subject to federal nutrition guidelines, which may be why double breakfast eaters are keeping their weights in check.

“It’s not like these kids are eating two breakfasts of donuts,” Schwartz said. “School breakfasts are very healthy. It is fruit and low-fat dairy and whole grains. So you could almost think of it as a healthy snack.”

The Rudd Center noted that while about 12 million children received free or reduced-price lunches during the 2014-15 school year, only about half received a subsidized breakfast, according to the Food Research and Action Center.