Kids Who Eat a Healthy Breakfast Get Better Grades (New Study Proves It)

Written by on April 5, 2016 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 11 Comments

kids children school grades-compressed

By Christina Sarich | Natural Society

Giving our children that extra edge in their intellectual endeavors isn’t as difficult as one might have thought. New evidence provided by researchers at Cardiff University once again shows that significant educational outcomes ensue when kids indulge in a good, hearty breakfast.

Related Article: 5 Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

When researchers tested over 5000 children ages 9 to 11 years old, they found that making sure the kids ate a good breakfast improved test scores twice as much compared to kids who did not eat breakfast. This groundbreaking study also found a correlation between academic performance and the kind of breakfast kids ate.

Kids who ate unhealthy items like sweets or crisps for breakfast showed no improvement, but researchers found that kids who ate healthy items boosted their odds of achieving an above average educational performance by up to twice as much.

Hannah Littlecott from Cardiff University’s Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPher), lead author of the study, said:

“While breakfast consumption has been consistently associated with general health outcomes and acute measures of concentration and cognitive function, evidence regarding links to concrete educational outcomes has until now been unclear.

This study therefore offers the strongest evidence yet of links between aspects of what pupils eat and how well they do at school, which has significant implications for education and public health policy. . .”

In the UK as well as in the US, school meals have been under fire for containing lackluster nutrition. Littlecott explained:

“For schools, dedicating time and resource towards improving child health can be seen as an unwelcome diversion from their core business of educating pupils, in part due to pressures that place the focus on solely driving up educational attainment.

But this resistance to delivery of health improvement interventions overlooks the clear synergy between health and education. Clearly, embedding health improvements into the core business of the school might also deliver educational improvements as well.”

Though some school aged children may not be looking forward to healthy meals like these shown in the The Washington Post, the study’s findings should help to convince school breakfast and lunch providers in every country to do a little better.

Professor Chris Bonell, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University College London Institute of Education, welcomed the study’s findings. He said:

“This study adds to a growing body of international evidence indicating that investing resources in effective interventions to improve young people’s health is also likely to improve their educational performance. This further emphasizes the need for schools to focus on the health and education of their pupils as complementary, rather than as competing priorities.

Related Article: Should You Skip Breakfast Or Make it Your Biggest Meal? Dr. Axe Weighs In

Many schools throughout the UK now offer their pupils a breakfast. Ensuring that those young people most in need benefit from these schemes may represent an important mechanism for boosting the educational performance of young people throughout the UK.”


Science Daily

About Christina Sarich:
Author Image
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

Read more great articles at Natural Society.

Tags: , , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

11 Reader Comments

Trackback URL Comments RSS Feed

  1.' Sabrina Jo says:

    I never had breakfast and was always a grade A-B student 😉

  2.' Max Davies says:

    Some kids don’t have a choice.
    & get horribly mistreated all their lives.

  3.' Michelle Chandler says:

    Sean Connell

  4.' Teish Leander says:

    I’ve seen a difference in my children

  5.' Baek Han says:

    Conscious Life News…I got 4 percent, and you? Test now
    IJwvDZf ? start now. ~~>

    Thanks for view: Kids who ate unhealthy items like sweets or crisps for breakfast showed no improvement, but researchers found that kids who ate healthy items boosted …

  6.' Anders Allikmaa says:

    NO SHIT 😀

  7.' Giresh Thani says:

    Every1’d be best off havin’ a healthy b’fast, yes.

  8.' Giresh Thani says:

    Goes w/out say tho that yes, every1’d also need to be makin’ enough money to, n’not jus’ enough to pay the bills for shelter, etc … but live starving.

  9.' Giresh Thani says:

    If even they 8 only 1 meal/day … I’d say it ought be b’fast.

  10.' Giresh Thani says:

    1 solid 1 i.e. Then I’d say b’fast.

  11.' Bismark Ticay says:

    Yenitza Farinez Ticay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the articles on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use' must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.

Send this to a friend