Monday 29 May 2017

Kids who eat healthy breakfasts proven to do better at school

Pupils who eat breakfast are up to twice as likely to do well at school as those who do not
Pupils who eat breakfast are up to twice as likely to do well at school as those who do not

Jane Kirby

Pupils who eat breakfast are up to twice as likely to do well at school as those who do not, according to the biggest study of its kind.

Researchers found a “significant link” between eating breakfast and performing above average on teacher assessment scores.

There was also a strong link between eating a healthy breakfast – such as cereal, bread, dairy or fruit – and doing well at school.

There was no such link for the one in five pupils who ate junk for breakfast, such as crisps or sweets.

Pupils

The study on around 5,000 pupils was led by a team at Cardiff University.

It involved asking pupils aged nine to 11 what they ate for breakfast and during the day, and following their progress six to 18 months later.

Dr Graham Moore, who worked on the study, said: “There’s a significant association between eating breakfast and doing well, but there is also a link between a healthy breakfast and doing well.

“The odds of achieving an above-average teacher assessment score were up to twice as high for those pupils who ate breakfast.”

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