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Teens who skip breakfast more likely to be obese

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 03:49PM by Registered CommenterPennino Corp. CEO | Comments1 Comment

Teens Who Skip Breakfast More Likely to Be Obese, Study Says
By Nicole Ostrow

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- American teenagers who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese than those who eat a morning meal, according to a finding that researchers say may be linked to rising obesity among adolescents.

Teens that skipped the meal were five pounds heavier on average, ate less healthy during the day and exercised less frequently than those who ate breakfast, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. The study is the largest to follow the breakfast habits of teens over years and track whether they've become obese, researchers said.

The obesity rate for adolescents has tripled over the past 20 years, according to a 2007 report by the U.S. Surgeon General's Office. It's important to determine why the rate is growing because obesity has been linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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