Don’t Feel Bad for Skipping Breakfast

In 2013, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reviewed the literature on the effect of eating breakfast and obesity rates. They noticed that the nutrition researchers regularly publish results showing an association between skipping breakfast and obesity. They came to the conclusion that the “power of breakfast is rooted on the misinterpreted research and biased studies. (1)” Many studies employ casual language while citing others’ results. Few randomized controlled trials exist. Many studies are funded by the food industry. Here’s a Kellogg funded article which they claim that eating cereal for breakfast is associated with being skinnier. And here’s another funded by the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence which showed that eating oatmeal or frosted cornflakes reduces weight and cholesterol.

Why Flawed Nutritional Studies Are So Common:

Nutritional studies that isolate one variable are extremely rare, and when they do, most of the time they have such a small sample size, they cannot infer anything about the overall community. In addition, nutrition research has an infamous history of ignoring results in an attempt to support pre-existing conclusions. Look at this article which shows the repercussions of calling out sugar as the source of our health problems.Dr. Yudkin , was persecuted for the next 40 years for claiming new information. Now, it is a positive thing that the scientific community isn’t jumping at every new hypothesis, but knowingly using misinformation to suppress his ideas are immoral.

Citations:

(1). New York Times Article

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