- Youngsters are at a risk of malnutrition by skipping breakfast
- Kids who ate breakfast everyday had overall superior nutritional profiles
- Parents should ensure that their children are eating breakfast everyday
Eating a healthy breakfast can improve the behaviour of your child and provides adequate energy that they need for the day. Youngsters are putting themselves at a risk of malnutrition by skipping breakfast. Children do not get time to eat breakfast before going to school. Some children think it is too early to eat. The King’s College London study found that children who skip breakfast regularly may not be consuming the daily amounts of essential nutrients for growth and development that are recommended by the UK government.
A study by King’s College London, found that 14 per cent of the boys and 19 per cent of girls never eat breakfast, while around 50 per cent of both sexes skipped the meal at least once every few days.
Children who ate breakfast every day had overall superior nutritional profiles compared to those who did not eat their breakfast. While the study was unable to identify a causal link, these children were found to have higher daily intakes of essential nutrients such as folate (important for the development of genetic material), calcium, iron and iodine (beneficial in the development of thyroid function) than children who skipped breakfast.