"Breakfast - the most important meal of the day" Nutrition Essay

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Breakfast is the most essential meal. "It breaks the long overnight fast, helping you wake up and get going." (Hark, L. Deen, D. 2007, pg 14). Most importantly eating breakfast helps you to stop feeling hungry later and therefore you will be more alert at school or work as you have consumed energy in food kilojoules to concentrate. There have been numerous studies conducted over the past years, many concluding that breakfast is important for adolescents. Bad habits are extremely hard to break, for example someone who bites their nails finds it very hard to stop. This can be applied to an adolescence diet, if bad habits are created early on in life then it will be hard to break this habit. Therefore, is essential to start good habits of eating a healthy nutritious breakfast daily as early in life as possible.

Breakfast is known as the most imperative meal of the day, but is this a cliché fact? Teenagers have been ignoring the guidance of their parents and have been choosing to eat high-sugar and high-fat foods for breakfast or they have not been eating breakfast at all. 'Breakfast' literally means 'breaking the fast' and it should be noted that it may in fact be perhaps a minimum of eight hours since the preceding meal. Unfortunately, too many people are skipping breakfast or not eating a healthy breakfast and those people are suffering a variety of consequences. Not only is it important for everyone to eat breakfast, but unquestionably essential for adolescents to eat breakfast and break the habit of skipping breakfast. (Hark, L. Deen. D. 2007). Those who skip breakfast are prone to having slower reaction times and are more accident-prone. Adolescents is the major concern group for skipping breakfast, because this leads to greater hyperactivity, irritability and anxiety and they also have more disruptive behaviour patterns in the classroom and have a decreased ability to concentrate and solve problems. Their mood and their energy can drop by midmorning, if they do not eat at least a small morning meal due to their low blood sugar levels. Therefore, eating breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs, and adolescents who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities due to their high long-lasting energy. Encouraging adolescents to eat before leaving the home is important because they will be less likely to grab a high-fat and high-sugar snack on the way to school. These types of snacks should be avoided for breakfast as they are usually very low in complex carbohydrates and high in simple carbohydrates, therefore after a short amount of time the energy supplied by the sugar will be gone and concentration will begin to decrease. (Gavin, M. 2006. Hark, L. Deen. D. 2007.)Adolescents are continuing to skip breakfast for a number of different reasons but often because of the perception that having a thin body - ectomorphic body type is admired and so they will reduce kilojoule intake by skipping breakfast. Also, overweight adolescents are more likely to skip the morning meal however this rarely results in real calorie reduction. This is primarily because they will grab a high-sugar and fat snack to fill their looming hunger, to provide the energy needed. Adolescents who eat breakfast kick-start their metabolism for the day, by this process where the body converts the energy from the consumed food into work energy for the day's activities. This means that the body starts burning calories more effectively and efficiently throughout the day. In a survey (see Appendix A for sample survey) conducted at Brisbane Adventist College (BAC) the results show that only 35% of adolescents eat breakfast seven times a week (see Appendix B for all results). The school canteen providing breakfast would help break the cycle of skipping breakfast and promote a good healthy lifestyle. It is more likely, that people who don't eat breakfast actually consume more calories...
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