According to a recent study of 700 ninth graders in Louisiana who completed a 24-hour recall of dietary intake, “both girls (23%) and boys (14%) skipped breakfast. Overall, results showed that 19% of the students skipped breakfast”(Zullig 6). There are some excuses for students who are not have breakfast. Some students who stay up late to study at night choose to miss breakfast so that they can have a few extra minutes in bed. Others feel not hungry in the morning. In addition, a few schoolgirls want to stay slim and often go to school without breakfast.
In fact, Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. As the saying goes, have a king’s breakfast, have a common people’s lunch, and a beggar’s dinner. Although students do not have enough time to eat breakfast, students should not only have breakfast, but also care about its quality because it keeps students healthy both mentally and physically. The first reason for eating breakfast is because breakfast is the energy source of brain activity that students need food for to do well in their classes. Without eating breakfast, body can not supply enough blood sugar for consumption.
Students’ body and their brain are not going to function as good as they could because they have no energy and no strength. When students try to learn something and have nothing in their stomach, they are going to have a lot of trouble succeeding. A lot of students think that they should not eat because they are going to feel tired, but that’s not true. According to Ujwal, The main reason as to why students feel tired is explained below. “Feeling tired after eating is usual when [students] consume food stuffs that have large volumes of sugar and flour in them such as bakery or sweet food items.
Presence of excess sugar in [their] body results into increase in the blood sugar level. This further leads the pancreas to produce more insulin and release it into the blood stream of [their] body. Excess secretion of insulin, results into a substance called tryptophan to move into the brain. Tryptophan is a protein building block and which on reaching the brain gets transformed into serotonin. It is finally due to serotonin, that [students] feel tired after eating” (Ujwal 1). The main concern over here is alterations in the diet.
The most important reason behind feeling tired after eating is heavy foods containing high amounts of sugar in them, so avoid eating them. Then students will not feel tired after eating breakfast. Breakfast is not a very big meal,”people can choose some healthier and lighter foods such as green salads, fish, chicken and nuts and vegetables. These foods are easy to digest and also you would not get tired after eating these foods, as students’ body will be able to generate a lot of energy, no matter how much their work”(Ujwal 1). Students not only have enough energy for study but also never feel tired.
On the contrary, students are going to feel tired if they do not have breakfast because they have spent the entire previous night without food. For a long time, it will affect the development of brain. It could have adverse effect on memory. If students do not eat breakfast in the morning, it will appear the lack of energy of the brain and caused by memory loss. Secondly, breakfast is more than an energy source, and students should eat breakfast before going to school is good for health. When students skip breakfast and go to school, they are looking for disease because it is not healthy to have an empty stomach all day long.
For instance, in Tomoko and Rieko’s article,”A questionnaire survey of female college students aged from 18 to 20 years old…These findings suggest that skipping breakfast is associated with menstrual disorders, and affects the physical condition of female college students who are undergoing post-adolescent maturation”(Tomoko;Rieko 714). It notes that female college students who consistently skipped breakfast had more menstrual irregularities. These menstrual disorders may influence the quality of life of young women not only in the present but also in the future.
Sid explains that, “A daily breakfast may reduce the risk of developing signs that can lead to diabetes — called insulin resistance syndrome — by 35% to 50% compared with skipping the morning meal, say researchers. The study has tracked for 10 years the dietary habits of more than 2,900 Americans between ages 18 and 30 who live in four U. S. cities” (Sid 1). Diabetes is a medical condition caused by a lack of insulin which makes the patient produce a lot of urine and feel very thirsty. This study appears that breakfast play an important role in reducing the risk of diabetes.
According to Heart disease, “Australian researchers at the University of Tasmania on 2184 volunteers were 20 years of follow-up study. The results showed that skipping breakfast more often lead to obesity, abdominal fat accumulation and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease”(Heart disease,1). For this study, it shows the negative effects of skipping breakfast include an increased risk of heart disease. In short, it is very important to have a meal and not let the stomach work empty. All students are going to get disease and a lot of problems with their health if they do not eat breakfast.
Thirdly, students who eat breakfast not only can lose weight, but also keep it off. Nowadays lose weight has become popular among young and middle age people. Zullig claims, “In 2000, 15. 5% of adolescents (ages 12-19 years) were overweight, while an additional 14. 9% of adolescents were at risk for being overweight”(Zullig 6). Many young students choose to not eat breakfast in order to stay slim. This is unscientific. For the first reason, Gaby’s studies shows, “energy intake in the morning is particularly satiating, and that higher energy intake in the morning can reduce the total amount of energy ingested for the day”(Gaby 1).
The number of calories required for the body to maintain its current weight, so if students choose to not eat breakfast, it is bound to increase the amount of eating lunch or eating dinner. After dinner, the amount of exercise appears small, and insufficient exercise leads to insufficient calorie consumption. It is more easily lead to the accumulation of fat and lead to obesity. Another reason is by jump-starting students metabolism which is slow after relative inactivity at night, eating breakfast can make students slim.
Like Scott write in his article, “[Students’] body burns calories 24 a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. How quickly [they] burn calories is called metabolic rate. The way to maximize the number of calories [they] burn each day is not to stay awake longer but to maximize our metabolic rate while [they] are awake”(Scott 1). The major benefit of eating a healthy breakfast is to jump start students’ metabolism so they burn more calories throughout the day to promote weight loss. This elevated metabolic rate may cause feelings of hunger mid-morning.
It is okay to satisfy this hunger with a small snack, such as a handful of mixed nuts. When students do not eat breakfast the body naturally adapts and conserves energy by slowing their metabolism. Therefore, if students are looking to lose weight, they do not need to cut out whole categories of foods or skips the breakfast to reduce the daily calories. This strategy will not work. For many students, breakfast is a cup of coffee on the run. But even if they’re in a hurry, they also can make healthy choices and eat a breakfast that will provide students with essential nutrients and lasting energy.
Lofshult shows some fast but healthybreakfast, “whole-grain frozen waffles topped with berries and nonfat ricotta cheese flavored with vanilla extract; peanut butter and sliced banana on whole-wheat toast; plain or sugar-free yogurt, with your own topping of fresh fruit and whole-grain cereal; smoked salmon on a whole-wheat bagel with a “schmear” of low-fat cream cheese and a slice of tomato; whole-wheat English muffin with a slice of pear and cheddar cheese; nonfat yogurt mixed with dried cranberries, low-fat granola and flax seeds”(Lofshult 1).
Breakfast might be the last thing on students’ morning to-do list, or worse, it might not be on their list at all. But a healthy breakfast refuels their body, jump-starts their day and may even benefit their overall health, and prepare foods that Lofshult tell us just spend a few time in the morning, so don’t skip this meal. Students have to realize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they can not skip it without consequences for their school, their health, and their shape.
It is better to wake up earlier and have a good breakfast than run to school without eating anything. If you feel not hungry, you can start small. How about a glass of juice or handful of raisins? Later on in the morning, when you are feeling hungrier, try lowfat yogurt, a whole-grain mini bagel. If you do not have time for breakfast, you can keep some quick-to-prepare foods at home. Like whole-grain cereal and lowfat or nonfat milk, instant hot cereal packets and single-serve containers of lowfat yogurt.
You can prepare and package breakfast foods the night before. Place one in the refrigerator to defrost the night before you plan on eating it for breakfast. You also can make time to eat breakfast. You just need to set your alarm clock 10 minites earlier and start your day with a nutritious meal. Remember that eating breakfast is the best way to start off your day, and be good to yourself by eating a healthy breakfast. Notice how much better you feel through the morning and the rest of the day when you don’t skip breakfast.
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