Friday, August 20, 2010

Eating Breakfast Makes Girls Thinner

New study sponsored by General Mills says that eating breakfast makes girls thinner

Study: Breakfast Helps Girls Stay Slim

By ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press

Girls who regularly ate breakfast, particularly one that includes cereal, were slimmer than those who skipped the morning meal, according to a study that tracked nearly 2,400 girls for 10 years.

Girls who ate breakfast of any type had a lower average body mass index, a common obesity gauge, than those who said they didn't. The index was even lower for girls who said they ate cereal for breakfast, according to findings of the study conducted by the Maryland Medical Research Institute. The study received funding from the National Institutes of Health and cereal-maker General Mills.

"Not eating breakfast is the worst thing you can do, that's really the take-home message for teenage girls," said study author Bruce Barton, the Maryland institute's president and CEO.

The fiber in cereal and healthier foods that normally accompany cereal, such as milk and orange juice, may account for the lower body mass index among cereal eaters, Barton said.

The results were gleaned from a larger NIH survey of 2,379 girls in California, Ohio and Maryland who were tracked between ages 9 and 19. Results of the study appear in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Nearly one in three adolescent girls in the United States is overweight, according to the association. The problem is particularly troubling because research shows becoming overweight as a child can lead to a lifetime struggle with obesity.

As part of the survey, the girls were asked once a year what they had eaten during the previous three days. The data were adjusted to compensate for factors such as differences in physical activity among the girls and normal increases in body fat during adolescence.


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  2. I don't agree with this, I need more information

  3. Correlation does not imply causation. The longitudinal study studied girls who ate cereal (probably preferably cereal made by the co-author of the study!). Milk and orange are not "healthy" foods. The article declines to define "healthy" foods. No control group. Was the sample randomised? Study subjective. Needs more precise measurement before during and after.

  4. This study is flawed in any wys. The first is that it was an actual cereal maker who paid for the study and thus an immediate conflict of interest. Secondly, random assignment to condition was not implemented. Thirdly, the results from survey show correlation but not causation. demand characteristics- what is a "healthy" food. foundNeed to be defined what is exactly being measured. Confound variable - what three days. Thanksgiving weekend? Beginning of a school week?

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