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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

Teens Eating Breakfast More Often

Sometimes there is progress! Data from reports that since 2004, the number of youth who report eating breakfast has slowly increased. Maybe the nutrition campaigns have done some good, or the wonderful media about the importance of family meals. We may never know what is working, but something is changing.

In California (CA), more than half of teens in 7th, 9th and 11th grades reported eating breakfast the day they took the last CA Healthy Kids Survey. There is still a gender difference, in that boys are more likely to eat breakfast than girls, but progress is progress.
  • 7th grade boys (68.3%) & girls (60.8%);
  • 9th grade boys (62.0%) & girls (54.5%); and
  • 11th grade boys (56.9%) & girls (55.2%).
Eating breakfast is an important indicator because youth who eat breakfast are more likely to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. In addition, missing breakfast is associated with lower academic performance.

Photo credit: Chris Radcliff
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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.