Additional Benefits to Healthy Eating
In addition to these specific facts, better nutrition among young people improves their overall behavior, yields more positive results in other areas of their lives, and also helps reduce obesity issues. The most important thing is to eat healthy foods, limit “junk food" intake, and sodas, or things with “empty calories," as well as to start the day with a healthy meal full of nutrients. It not only affects school academic performance, but also behavior trends, and ability to perform specific tasks.
Problems with Implementation
One of the problems with getting a breakfast program to work is the resistance of participants. Often kids do not want to eat breakfast and it is very difficult to get them to do so. There are many reasons for this.
Some of the reasons kids are reluctant to participate in school breakfast programs are:
- Girls think they will gain weight if they eat too much.
- Kids think it’s not important to eat breakfast as long as they eat lunch.
- Parents don’t encourage or understand the importance of breakfast as a meal.
What You Can Do
With increased awareness of the apparent benefits of breakfast as a meal, parents can work together with schools to encourage their children to eat in the morning, which has been shown to increase their overall ability to focus and learn. Like anything else, the more people get onboard with the idea, the better it will work.
You can start by telling your child what you learned and encouraging them to eat a healthy breakfast, either at home or at school, every day. Lead by example and prepare a healthy breakfast to eat with them in the mornings.