Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Top Way to Start the Day; Research Shows That Breakfast Is Essential for Energy and Health

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Top Way to Start the Day; Research Shows That Breakfast Is Essential for Energy and Health

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Byline: HANNAH ROSS hannah.ross@northernstar.com.au

EGGS and toast are the order of the day at the Spiteri household in Bangalow.

The three Spiteri children, Louis, Lily and Harry, wouldn't dream of missing breakfast on a school day, let alone on the weekend, when the menu extends to eggs and bacon.

"If I miss breakfast I just don't feel that full and I feel always tired," said Lily, 8.

The Spiteris are unlike 42 per cent of Australian children, who reportedly skip breakfast on at least one school day per week.

According to an MBF Healthwatch survey, children were claiming they had no time to eat, were too tired, or couldn't be bothered having a meal before going to school.

The survey found 22pc of parents said their children skipped breakfast on three to five school days each week. A further 20pc skipped breakfast on one or two school days.

Dr Christine Bennett, chief medical officer with health insurers Bupa, said research showed that skipping breakfast resulted in reduced learning, and poor food choices for the rest of the day. …

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