Debra K. Whaley, M.D.
An alarming number of school-aged children do not eat breakfast each morning. In fact, according to the American Dietetic Association, more than 40 percent of girls and 32 percent of boys skip breakfast on a regular basis.
Many parents wonder why not eating breakfast is such a problem, especially if their children eat a midmorning snack instead. The reason is simple. Children who do not eat breakfast do not consume the necessary nutrients for their bodies to produce the energy needed to concentrate in school and to adequately complete learning responsibilities.
Breakfast affects children’s overall performance during school by:
Children who eat breakfast:
When the morning is rushed, it is easy to grab something quick that is likely to be packed with sugar and fat. Keep the cabinets and refrigerator stocked with quick and healthy choices such as:
Encourage your child to eat breakfast by:
If you find that mornings are a rushed, look into your child’s school breakfast program. Studies show that children who eat breakfast at school are less likely to arrive late or miss school and may perform better in certain subjects, such as math and reading, than those who don’t eat breakfast.