The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that childhood obesity rates have doubled over the last two decades (and tripled for adolescents), and overweight or obese kids are more likely to be overweight or obese adults. When you eat a healthy breakfast, you're modeling that good behavior to your kids, who will not only be more likely to eat breakfast themselves but may also have a more positive relationship with food and better body image, better weight control and improved school performance.
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that middle schoolers were, on average, eating 5.4 times a week with their families, while high school students averaged family meal attendance about 3.9 times a week. Eating a healthy breakfast helps us all in the weight control department because it boosts our metabolism, and it helps kids stay focused in school.
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