Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Skipping Breakfast Impacts Girls More

We have all heard it before- breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Researchers studied 32 schools in the U.K. to compare the academic performance of 1,386 students (ages 6-16) on their attention while using the Internet, reaction time as well as memory. On the day of a test, a higher percentage of girls did not eat breakfast, 7.6% of girls and 5.6% of boys. Students who did not have breakfast had had 7% lower attention span, recognized 9% fewer images correctly, and were overall more inconsistent than those who ate breakfast. Observations and test results discovered that girls who skipped breakfast were significantly less focused and disordered than boys who didn’t have breakfast. Skipping breakfast before going to school greatly decreased students’ accuracy and speed on memory and cognitive ability tests in comparison to the students who ate breakfast. Unless you want to have poor academic performance in school or at work, make sure you make time for breakfast!

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