Skipping Breakfast? Combine with This to Make it a Worse Decision

Regular readers of the Rantings know that breakfast is not an option.  Skip it to increase your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

But some of you, despite this knowledge, seem to think that your physiology is different.  Just because they create Sumo wrestlers with the “skip breakfast and lunch” diet plan does not mean it will happen to you.

And let’s face it.  If I haven’t convinced you already of the need for breakfast you’re not going to change now.  Of course, we’re not talking about refined carbohydrate, junk breakfasts like Quaker oatmeal or Cheerios or even a bagel.  If covered good breakfast options in a recent blog post that can be read by clicking here.

Just in case you’re STILL not convinced, let me throw in another little nugget.

If you have children and breakfast is not a priority in your house, guess how important breakfast will be to them over the course of his or her lifetime?  You guessed it.  And just how important is it to you that little Johnny eats breakfast before heading off to school?  It’s funny how many moms would never dream of sending her child off to school without eating, and yet is perfectly ok skipping it for herself.

Ok, I’m off my soapbox and we can get back to this particular study.  Researchers looked at breakfast eating patterns in women (either infrequent at 0-6 times / week—basically NOT every day, or daily) and subsequent eating frequency over the rest of the day and how much it influenced diabetes risk.  Here’s what they found:

  1. Not eating daily breakfast increased risk of diabetes 28%.
  2. Compared to eating 3 times/d, those who ate 1–2 times/d had a 9% elevated risk, 13% risk at 4–5 times/d and no elevated risk for women who ate more than 6 times/d.
  3. However, among the irregular breakfast consumers, if they ate more than 4 times/d, their risk for diabetes jumped an impressive 47%.

So basically, if you’re going to continue to make the bad choice of skipping breakfast, if you decide to eat more times during the rest of the day, you’re pretty much giving yourself diabetes.

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.