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December 20, 2019 Friday 01:53:26 PM IST

Skipping Breakfast Affects Student Grades

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New research by University of Leeds has revealed that students who skip breakfast have lower grades compared to those who had breakfast regularly. This is the first time researchers have demonstrated a link between eating breakfast and GSCE performance for secondary school students in the UK. Lead researcher Dr Katie Adolphus, from the University of Leeds’ School of Psychology, said: “Our study suggests that secondary school students are at a disadvantage if they are not getting a morning meal to fuel their brains for the start of the school day.”The UK has a growing problem of food poverty, with an estimated half a million children arriving at school each day too hungry to learn. Previously we have shown that eating breakfast has a positive impact on children’s cognition. This research suggests that poor nutrition is associated with worse results at school.”The researchers surveyed 294 students from schools and colleges in West Yorkshire in 2011, and found that 29% rarely or never ate breakfast on school days, whilst 18% ate breakfast occasionally, and 53% frequently. Their figures are similar to the latest national data for England in 2019, which found that more than 16% of secondary school children miss breakfast.

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