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Teens who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese. This may be one of the causes of
rising obesity rates among adolescents.

According to the largest study to follow the breakfast habits of teens, those who skipped
the meal were five pounds heavier on average. They also ate less healthily during the
day and exercised less frequently.

The obesity rate for adolescents has tripled over the past 20 years.

Sources:

        Bloomberg.com March 3, 2008



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                                                                Dr. Mercola's
                                                                Comments:
Obesity has become a major concern for American children. In the last two decades, the
prevalence of overweight adolescents has nearly tripled, and current statistics show 16
percent of children are overweight or obese.

Overweight and obese children not only face a heightened risk of health problems --
heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, and type
2 diabetes, just to name a few -- but they are also likely to suffer from low self-esteem
and depression as a result of their weight. Being overweight or obese can take a big
emotional toll on a young child or teen.

The idea that skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain is not new. Studies have shown
that eating breakfast can have beneficial effects on:

        Appetite
        Insulin resistance
        Energy metabolism

One study found that obesity and insulin resistance syndrome rates were 35 percent to
50 percent lower among people who ate breakfast every day, compared to those who
frequently skipped it.

Unfortunately, it has been my experience that the breakfast offerings in nearly all
conventional American restaurants range from terrible to awful when it comes to their
impact on your health.

There is no question in my mind that the breakfast menu is the worst as it typically
consists of highly oxidized eggs, carbs like waffles, oatmeal, muffins, cereal, fruit juice,
doughnuts, bagels, toast, and pancakes, or fried foods like bacon.

What Do You Eat for Breakfast?

But there’s more to it than simply not skipping the meal. Many children eat sugary
cereals and breads for breakfast, chased down with a can of soda or sugary fruit juice.
These kinds of eating habits may cause even more harm than not eating breakfast at all.

Nearly all of us feel better when we start the day with a good meal. The challenge that
most face is being pressed for time in the morning, and this is equally true for children
and teens as their over-worked parents.

The simple solution for this is to go to sleep a bit earlier, and rise a bit earlier to give
yourself enough time to eat without rushing.

When you plan breakfast meals for yourself and your family, vow to avoid any of these
common, typically non-healthy breakfast items:

      Doughnuts
      Cereals
      Fruit juice
      Waffles and pancakes
      Bagels and toast (even whole grain organic types)
      ALL cereals (even whole grain organic types)

Many people are confused about why whole grain breads and cereals are not
recommended. They’re such common staples that most can’t imagine them not being
good for you.

Carb types can actually do well with grains, but remember; only about 15 percent of the
population are carb types, at best. So for the majority of you, grains and cereals should
be avoided as much as possible.

Why?

Because grains rapidly break down to sugar in your body, stimulating insulin production.
So, if you:

      Are overweight
      Have high cholesterol
      Have high blood pressure
      Have diabetes

... then you are best served avoiding these foods.

If your nutritional type is carbohydrate oriented and you don’t have any of the above
problems, then grains are a possible option for you. But, rest assured; if you indulge in
grains to excess you are heading for one of the above diseases.

What is My Breakfast?
Many are curious about what food I choose for my breakfast so I thought I would share
that now. Prior to understanding Nutritional Typing I used to juice vegetables, but now
my breakfast has far more fat.

I typically make porridge with several ounces of fresh raw coconut cream, which I obtain
locally as it is not available commercially. Then I mix 2-3 raw organic free-range eggs
into it, and stir in some rice bran and some raw organic nuts. That typically keeps me
going strong till lunch.

So, What are Some Other Good Breakfast Options?

My primary recommendation for Carb and Mixed nutritional types is to prepare and
consume fresh vegetable juice, making sure you also eat the pulp. It’s loaded with so
many valuable phytonutrients, it would be unwise to discard it.

Juicing may not be the best option for Protein types (like me), however, because you
would want to limit yourself to 10 ounces or less of raw juice each day, and restrict the
vegetables to lower potassium varieties such as spinach and celery.

If you don’t juice you can always have left-over dinner for breakfast. While this is not the
ideal option, it is far better than nearly all traditional breakfasts and certainly better for
most than not eating anything.

Why Should I Juice Vegetables Rather Than Eat Them?

Good question. There are three main reasons why juicing your vegetables for breakfast
is a good idea:

   1. Most of us have relatively compromised intestines as a result of less than optimal
      food choices over many years. This limits your body's ability to absorb all the
      nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to "pre-digest" them for you so you
      will receive most of the nutrition rather than having it go straight through you.

   2. Vegetable juicing allows you to eat more vegetables than you would normally. By
      incorporating the juice into your eating plan you will easily be able to reach the
      one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight that you should eat
      every day (unless you’re a Protein type, in which case you may only need about
      ½ pound per 50 pounds of body weight per day).

   3. If you eat the vegetables like a salad, you will be having far too many salads
      during the week. This will violate the rotation principle and increase your likelihood
      of developing an allergy to some of the vegetables.