Which of these options is healthier: Eating two servings of breakfast each day or skipping the meal altogether? While we know that forgoing the first meal of the day is a big no-no, overeating also has damaging consequences. Which would you choose?
If you think that skipping breakfast is better for your health than eating a second helping, a new study published in Pediatric Obesity will surprise you. Researchers from Yale and the University of Connecticut followed 600 school students and logged their weight and how many times they ate breakfast in a day. Contrary to popular belief, they found that children who ate two servings didn’t gain more weight than their peers who didn’t.
On the other hand, those who skipped the first meal of the day had concerning results. The study reveals that people who forgo breakfast are twice as likely to be overweight or obese than those who go back for a second serving. Yes, eating less in the morning could be the reason for your weight gain.
Unfortunately, researchers don’t provide much information to explain the findings, but they theorize that skipping breakfast could cause you to overeat later in the day, as your hunger levels spike. Excuse us while we order a second stack of pancakes.
This story was originally published on September 14, 2016, and has since been updated.