The Benefits of Breakfast

Every day, people make a decision to eat breakfast or not, without thinking of how it will impact the rest of their day.


Gabrielle Debevec

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets you energized and makes someone ready to start the day off good. It is important to eat breakfast every morning.

According to, only 36 percent of high school students in America eat breakfast every day, while 50 percent of middle school students and 77 percent of young children are making the choice to eat breakfast. For high schoolers, it can be a challenge to get breakfast in the morning when life is going on around us. In high school, there is arguably more information to be learned, taking up more brainpower than the average person.  

Some research proves that there is a link between obesity and skipping breakfast. This could be due to the fact that those who eat a larger breakfast than lunch or dinner have a lower BMI (body-mass index). According to researchers say that eating breakfast helps increase satiety and reduce daily calorie intake. The reduction in calorie intake leads to a link with obesity when breakfast is not consumed. 

“When you eat breakfast, you’re telling your body that there are plenty of calories to be had for the day,” said. “When you skip breakfast the message your body gets is that it needs to conserve rather than burn any incoming calories.”

Contradicting this statement, says that the link between obesity and skipping breakfast could be due to people who eat breakfast have other healthy lifestyle choices that affect their weight. A common claim from people is when people eat breakfast it kick-starts your metabolism, causing people to take in fewer calories. According to, metabolism doesn’t affect whether people eat breakfast or not.  

“What matters for metabolism is the total amount of food consumed throughout the day,” said.

Most know that eating healthy in the morning is important, but everyone has different hours of when they eat breakfast. Dietitian Thersa Shank believes that when people eat is as important as what they eat for breakfast. She recommended that people should eat within two hours of waking up. 

“Eating within this window sets the pace for a healthy appetite and stabilized blood sugars throughout the day.” Shank said. 

Eating breakfast in the morning is shown to have many benefits. Sophmore Lilyann Eggert knows that breakfast is important to start the day off the right way. 

“You will have a more positive attitude in the morning,” Eggert said. “If you’re eating healthier breakfasts they will give you more nutrition, and energy for the day. It’s also a good thing to just sit down and slowly wake up.”

Breakfast has molded into a choice people make in the morning, rather than a family event to start that morning. Breakfast has found its way into snacks, lunches, and even dinners. Though breakfast can be ignored sometimes, the evidence of advantages that comes from eating breakfast cannot be overlooked.