The science of skipping breakfast: How government nutritionists may have gotten it wrong. Peter Whoriskey reports that there are no randomized controlled trials of the hypothesis that skipping breakfast can cause greater weight gain, but the 2010 Dietary Guidelines committee did cite several observational studies:
“Modest evidence suggests that children who do not eat breakfast are at increased risk of overweight and obesity,” the advisory committee said. “The evidence is stronger for adolescents.” As for adults, the evidence was described as “inconsistent.”
“When in the coming months the government unveils the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, it is unclear the advice on breakfast and weight gain will be included,” Whoriskey says. “The 2015 advisory committee issued a report that steered clear of the subject of skipping breakfast and weight.”
Looking at one variable, such as weight, may not tell the whole story about the relative benefits of breakfast. This is particularly true when it comes to the benefits of breakfast for children. The school breakfast program can clearly be a benefit to the young customers.