Home Health Parents News Now Skipping Breakfast in Childhood May Increase Later Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Skipping Breakfast in Childhood May Increase Later Risk of Metabolic Syndrome By Holly Lebowitz Rossi January 29, 2014 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_96216545 30753 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 Luleí¥ 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. Image: Child eating breakfast, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Skipping Breakfast in Childhood May Increase Later Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.