Breakfast Statistics

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Pepper Broccoli and Milk Orange and Pear pancakes

Academic Benefits

  • Eating breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.
  • Children who eat breakfast are more likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers better than those who do not.
  • Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improve their memory.
  • Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not.
  • Behavioral and emotional problems are less prevalent among children who consistently have access to regular meals.
  • Schools that provide breakfast in the classroom to all students have shown improved student behavior and attentiveness.

Nutritional Benefits

  • Eating breakfast improves a child's performance on demanding mental tasks and promotes a more positive reaction to frustration.
  • Children who eat breakfast tend to have more adequate nutrient intake than children who do not.
  • Adolescents who eat breakfast tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI). Higher BMI's can indicate overweight and obesity.
  • When students eat breakfast, they gain important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, dietary fiber, folate, and protein.
  • Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits for later in life.
  • Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.