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School Breakfast Not Linked to Obesity

by Food Managament
Mon, Nov 16th 2015 03:00 pm

School breakfast not linked to obesity, study finds

There's no doubting the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. That's why so many schools have implemented programs to increase morning meal participation, including breakfast in the classroom, which is often served for free to all students. Some, however, have questioned if serving a free breakfast in school would be a double-dipping opportunity for students (kids could eat breakfast at home and then also at school), thereby increasing the amount of calories eaten leading to obesity. A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that no such correlation exists. The study looked at students who ate second chance breakfasts, breakfast in the classroom and the traditional before-school serving. The study found that in those schools where breakfast in the classroom was served, fewer students did not eat the morning meal. Those students were more likely to have eaten both at home and school, however, those students did not have higher mean energy intakes from breakfast or higher daily energy intakes than the students served other breakfast methods. The study's conclusion: "No evidence was found to support discontinuation of breakfast in the classroom policy on the basis of concerns that children will eat excess calories."

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