Skipping Breakfast Could Give You a Heart Attack
Written By:Ashish Gaur
05 Jun, 2011 - 05:31pm
Skipping breakfast can raise the risk of heart disease. According to the reports, those who skip breakfast are more likely to have poor diets and do less exercise.
Researchers from the University of Tasmania and other research centers in Australia conducted the study. It was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian National Heart Foundation, the Tasmanian Community Fund, Veolia Environmental Services, Sanitarium, ASICS and Target. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
This study assessed whether skipping breakfast in childhood and adulthood was associated with markers of cardiovascular and metabolic risk. This study looked at the relationship between childhood breakfast habits and cardiometabolic risk. The researchers assessed breakfast habits in a sample of Australian children ages 9 to 15 years old in 1985. These participants were then followed up between 2004 and 2006 when they were as old as 36. They reported their adult breakfast habits.
The original 6559 children taking part in the study were selected. They were asked whether they usually ate something before they went to school, and their weight and height were measured. About a third of the children assessed were followed up as adults. They were given a more complex questionnaire about how frequently they ate specific food and drink items during the past year. The researchers then compared the waist circumferences and blood results between these groups to see if there were any differences.
Most people (62.2 percent) reported eating breakfast as a child and as an adult. People who skipped breakfast as an adult had less healthy lifestyles than those who did not. People who skipped breakfast during both childhood and adulthood had larger waist circumferences than those who ate breakfast at both ages. People who skipped breakfast as children and as adults also had higher insulin levels in the blood, higher levels of total cholesterol, and higher levels of bad cholesterol than people who ate breakfast at both ages.
However, this study did not look at heart disease. Instead, it looked at the link between skipping breakfast as a child and as an adult, and certain risk factors that may be associated with heart disease, such as waist circumference and levels of cholesterol in the blood. The study had a number of limitations, and more study is necessary.