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Skipping Breakfast in Childhood May Increase Later Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Children who have poor breakfast habits in their adolescent years may be more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a group of cardiovascular risk factors, later in life, according to a new Swedish study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.  Researchers from Umeå University said in a statement:

The study revealed that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with those who ate more substantial breakfasts.

Metabolic syndrome is a collective term for factors that are linked to an increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disorders. Metabolic syndrome encompasses abdominal obesity, high levels of harmful triglycerides, low levels of protective HDL (High Density Lipoprotein), high blood pressure and high fasting blood glucose levels.

The study asked all students completing year 9 of their schooling in Luleå in 1981 (Northern Swedish Cohort) to answer questions about what they ate for breakfast. 27 years later, the respondents underwent a health check where the presence of metabolic syndrome and its various subcomponents was investigated.

The study shows that the young people who neglected to eat breakfast or ate a poor breakfast had a 68 per cent higher incidence of metabolic syndrome as adults, compared with those who had eaten more substantial breakfasts in their youth. This conclusion was drawn after taking into account socioeconomic factors and other lifestyle habits of the adolescents in question.

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Study: TV Watching Linked to Unhealthy Eating Habits for Kids

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A new study of 5th-10th grade students has found that watching television is a predictor not only of poor eating habits while the TV is on, but also in general.  The New York Times reports:

Researchers asked the children how much TV they watched; how often they snacked while watching; how often they ate fruits, vegetables and candy and drank soda; and how often they skipped breakfast.

The survey uncovered a variety of differences by sex, age and race — for example, girls watched slightly less than boys, older children ate fast food more often, and white children were more likely to eat fruits and vegetables daily.

But over all, after controlling for other factors, viewing time among the children was associated with lower odds of eating fruits and vegetables daily and higher odds of skipping breakfast, consuming candy and sugar-sweetened soda, and eating in fast-food restaurants.

Adjusting for snacking while watching TV did not change the associations, leading the researchers to suggest that broadcast advertising influences eating choices even when children are away from the television.

“There is something parents can do,” said Dr. Ronald J. Iannotti, an author of the study. “Limit TV time, and make sure healthy snacks, particularly fruits, are available.” The study appeared in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Image: Girl snacking and watching TV, via Shutterstock.

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