No one likes breakfast. Think about it: On one hand, we rejoice every time a fast-food chain announces an all-day breakfast scheme. On the other hand, we are loathe to actually eat it for breakfast. And it might be making us fat.
Good news: You can officially disown breakfast guilt-free.
That is, if all you care about is weight.
The whole "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" thing long-chirped by parents and smug coworkers started out as an ad campaign schemed by a cereal manufacturer in the '40s.
Since then, studies on the weight loss benefits of breakfast have been inconclusive and contradictory.
One study from 2003 found "skipping breakfast was associated with increased prevalence of obesity." A study from 2007 said people who skipped breakfast were more likely to gain weight. Another from 2010 found breakfast-skippers had much smaller waist circumferences.
But newer studies on breakfast-skipping have been the scientific equivalent of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
In 2014, researchers found the only people who lost weight were those who skipped breakfast. Inanother, there wasn't a difference in weight loss between those who skipped or ate breakfast daily. And a 2015 study found no consistent association between eating breakfast and BMI or obesity.
Studies on other health benefits of breakfast, however, are very pro-breakfast. A 2013 study found male breakfast-skippers were 27 percent more prone to coronary heart disease. Multiple studieshave linked breakfast-skipping to increased risk (21 percent in one study) for type 2 diabetes. Anda new study from 2016 linked skipping breakfast to significant risks of total cardiovascular disease and stroke.
So if all you care about is weight loss, go ahead. Skip breakfast. It might work out for you. But if you don't want to risk having a stroke, find the idea of coronary heart disease unappealing, and feel like passing on that type 2 diabetes, it's probably still a good idea to wake up a half hour early to shovel down those oats.