Don't skip breakfast!

Don't skip breakfast!

Skipping breakfast is endemic among young Australian women, with almost one in two saying they don’t eat breakfast at least once a week.

A Newspoll survey of 200 women aged 18 to 24, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia and revealed for Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (22-29 January) showed 40% skipped breakfast at least once in the week prior to the survey, and 7% had not eaten breakfast at all over the week.

According to Professor Clare Collins, a spokesperson for the Week and for the Dietitians Association of Australia, some young women believe they’ll lose weight by not eating.

‘But skipping breakfast robs them of important nutrients such as calcium, iron, B vitamins and fibre, and plays havoc with their metabolism, appetite and wellbeing.’

Research has shown that people who skip breakfast are more likely to overeat later in the day and to carry more weight. Clare says it also affects reaction time, memory and word recall, making it more difficult to work or study.

‘Make improving health your priority, rather than focusing on your weight or comparing yourself to others, especially celebrities,’ she suggests. ‘Eating the right food, including a regular breakfast, and keeping active can tip the balance in your favour when it comes to health.’

Young women are a particular target of this year’s Healthy Weight Week, which encourages a range of small changes.

‘At the top of the list is eating breakfast every day. And think about other realistic changes that might be right for you, such as limiting takeaways to once a week and cooking at home more often, or reducing your alcohol intake.’

More information is available at www.healthyweightweek.com.au.