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Skipping Breakfast = Teen Weight Problems

Over the past two decades, obesity rates have doubled in children and nearly tripled in teens, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In fact, 57 percent of adolescent females and 33 percent of adolescent males frequently use unhealthy weight-control behaviors, such as skipping breakfast.

According to the AAP, recent studies indicate that daily breakfast-eaters consumed a healthier overall diet than breakfast skippers (such as having a lower intake of saturated fat), and breakfast-eaters were more physically active than skippers. Daily breakfast eaters tended to gain less excess weight and to have lower body-mass- index levels an indicator of obesity risk compared with breakfast skippers.

The bottom line? Breakfast doesn't have to be a big, time-consuming event. A slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, a banana and some skim milk will do the trick. But it does make a difference.

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