Author: Fiza Pirani
Time and time again we’re told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is it true?
Studies have shown that people who regularly eat the morning meal are more likely to be a healthy weight than those who opt out, that eating breakfast later is linked with obesity in people with Type 2 diabetes and when it comes to weight loss, women who eat their biggest meal in the morning have also been known to lose significantly more weight than women who make dinner their biggest meal of the day.
A new review of six studies involving more than 96,000 people — 5,000 of whom were already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes — adds to the growing research warning against skipping breakfast.
The meta-analysis, published last month by German researchers in the Journal of Nutrition, found that an individual’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increased by 6 percent after just one day of skipping breakfast per week. The risk increased with every additional day of skipped breakfast and peaked at a 55 percent higher risk for four to five days of skipping morning meals per week.
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