Recent studies suggest that regular breakfast eaters are less likely to develop heart disease and diabetes. Encouraging consumption of a healthy balanced diet by all members of the family could hold health benefits beyond provision of nutrition in a region where non-communicable diseases are rapidly growing problems and a major cause of illness and death1.
Men who usually skip breakfast have been found to be one quarter (27%) more likely to develop Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), 15% more likely to experience substantial weight gain and 21% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to men who regularly eat breakfast2. This may be due to altered metabolic effects such as increased lipids and impaired insulin sensitivity. Similar results have also been reported for women3 and young adults4.
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