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Skipping Breakfast can make Teens Obese

skippingteensobese.jpgYoung ladies and gentlemen, if you think that skipping breakfast is one way to lose weight, you?re wrong!

Recent studies showed that American teenagers who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese than those who eat a morning meal. This is based on the study of 2216 students in Minneapolis and St. Paul middle and high schools from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2003 and 2004. The survey showed that almost 19% of the boys and 14% of the girls skip breakfast. The majority of these kids came from low-income homes and were non-white. It seems that these kids are skipping breakfast to lose weight. However, the study showed that teens that skipped the meal were five pounds heavier on average, ate less healthy food during the day and resorted to fast food or food from vending machines and exercised less frequently than those who ate breakfast.

Obesity means a person has too much body fat, while being overweight means a person’s weight is more than what is recommended for his or her height. Obesity is not only an issue of being fat but is linked to health problems such high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. The number of obese teenagers in the USA has tripled over the past twenty years and is now a major health concern that needs to be addressed.

Source: 3 March 2008

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