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How breakfast may be linked to weight gain

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Breakfast as we all know is the most important meal of the day. But whether it’s a busy schedule or just a dislike for breakfast food, eating a meal first thing in the morning is not a regular part of daily life for some.

But here’s the thing—it needs to be. A study published in Pediatric Obesity shows that eating two breakfasts is actually better for you than eating none at all.

Researchers at both Yale and the University of Connecticut, conducted a study that followed 600 middle school children aged 10 – 12 years. The children documented their weight and how many times they ate breakfast in a day (at home, at school, or both).

The results showed, those who ate two breakfasts a day did not have more weight gain than the average found among all of the kids. But the children who didn’t eat breakfast (or only occasionally start their day off with the morning meal) were twice as likely to be overweight or obese than the children double-dosing on breakfast.

Unfortunately this is as far as the research has got, as the researchers conducting the study don’t have solid evidence as to why two breakfasts are better than none at all. They theorize that if you skip breakfast in the morning you may overeat later in the day to compensate.

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