Breakfast helps teen girls stay slim

September 14, 2005 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Breakfast helps teen girls stay slim

Recent study findings from the Maryland Medical Research Institute in Baltimore have found that eating breakfast, particularly one that includes cereal may help teenage girls maintain a healthy body weight.

The study that analyzed data for more than 2,300 girls participating in a long-term study found that as girls moved through the teenage years, those who ate breakfast of any type had a lower BMI than girls who did not breakfast. BMIs were even lower for girls who ate cereal for breakfast.

Beyond the relationship between breakfast, specifically cereal and a healthy BMI, eating cereal also had positive effects on nutrient intakes, resulting in overall diets that were significantly lower in fat, cholesterol and significantly higher in calcium and fiber.

Researchers speculate that the fiber in cereal and healthier foods that usually accompany it, such as milk or orange juice may account for the low BMI.

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