Abby Forbes, a ninth grader at Ridley High School, walks out of the house yet again without eating “the most important meal of the day,” just like many other teenagers. Little does she know that not starting the day off with a healthy breakfast can set oneself up for overeating later in the day. Eating breakfast has many benefits and more people need to become aware of what not eating breakfast can do to a person’s body in the long run.
Feeling sluggish, and having trouble paying attention in classes early in the morning? Lacking energy to do anything? To change this, all that has to be done is eat a healthy breakfast. It is proven by dietary experts that if one eats breakfast he will be more concentrated and focused in the classroom. Especially if that person has gym in the morning, eating a morning meal gives them more strength and endurance in physical activity.
“Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but especially so for children and adolescents,” reports the American Dietetic Association. “Children and teens who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom, and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.”
If a student has a big test coming up in first block? They can kick start his brain with some oatmeal, Greek yogurt, or even a banana to help them concentrate and ace that test.
Waking up late, rushing to get ready, and walking out the door with no breakfast. That is what senior Jackie Kelly says her typical morning looks like. When she does not eat breakfast, Jackie admits to being more quiet, and less sociable. “I don’t even really talk to my friends that much on those mornings.” She does not indulge in the most important meal of the day, and says, “I always set plans the night before to get up early and eat a good breakfast, or go to Dunkin’ Donuts, but I never get up early enough.”
Some people make time to eat breakfast, already starting their day off right. Like Taylor Dath, a ninth grader. “I wake up, pack my school bag, get dressed, then I eat breakfast. Usually I eat oatmeal with cut up bananas and chia seeds.” Taylor says that when she eats breakfast she is definitely in a better mood since when she skips it she feels sick and extremely hungry throughout the rest of the day.
For others, like Celeste Blaire, a junior at Ridley, time is a factor wether to eat breakfast or not. “I wake up, lay in bed thinking about my day, then, if I have time after getting ready, I make eggs, toast, or pick up something from WaWa.” She always tries to eat breakfast though, because she noticed the positive effects of it. “Not eating breakfast definitely affects me. If it don’t eat breakfast, don’t look at me, and don’t talk to me until lunch,” she said.
Eating breakfast definitely affects people’s moods and their concentration throughout the morning. There are many beneficial factors of eating breakfast, not to mention, the boost of energy that comes afterwards, making you and your body feel good. Try eating a good breakfast everyday and see how it affects you!