Monday, February 16, 2009

Breakfast, Obesity & Juvenile Diabetes

A 4 Part Series from Berkshire Grain

Obesity & Juvenile Diabetes is a subject near to all of us.  Like a Domestic War raging in our neighborhoods,  close to all of us, everyone knows someone that is touched by this epidemic. The first 3 parts of this series will take up the discussion of Breakfast, Obesity & Juvenile Diabetes. The 4th installment is a Call To Action -- what each of us can do to help ourselves and help each other.  All throughout this series please take the time to write a comment -- relate some personal experience -- help us make a connection through your stories. 

Part 1 of 4:   Why is Breakfast So Important?

Confused??  Well you're not alone.  Over 50% of people regularly skip eating breakfast.  At one time or another everyone reading this has done it, and left home for school or work without taking just a few minutes to start the day properly, with a nutritious breakfast.

We're not talking 3 course meal – how long does a bowl of granola take to eat? Even a piece of fresh fruit on the go would be a good start – yet alarming numbers of people skip breakfast every day.  One can make the case that breakfast not only shouldn't be missed, to take things even further breakfast is believed by some nutritionist and dieticians to be the most important meal of the day.

To properly understand the total dynamics let's first establish what are the immediate and positive effects of eating an easy and nutritious breakfast.

  • Improves Concentration and Focus
  • Weight Control (more on this later)
  • Better absorption of vital nutrients
  • Helps boost energy levels
  • Sustainable Strength and Endurance
  • May help lower cholesterol levels
  • Promotes a Positive Mental Attitude
  • Blood Glucose Management for everyone not just Diabetics
For children, eating breakfast the effects are dramatic in the areas of concentration, problem solving skills, better focus, creativity, and their immune system.  Imagine being a teacher dealing with the possiblity that 1 in 2 children sitting in a classroom coming to school without eating breakfast and being ill-prepared to learn. 

More details can be found by visiting the Mayo Clinic page:
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day

 In the 2nd part of this series  the discussion shifts to:
Breakfast, Metabolism, Weight Management -- How does it all work??
Skipping Breakfast will put the pounds on.

1 comment:

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