interferes with different aspects of cognitive function, such as attention and working memory. It is plausible that the decline in cerebral iron level likely to result from diet that is deficient in heme intensifies the stress associated with overnight and morning fast (Flores J. ,2010) . Sustained contribution of breakfast to a person’s health status over time is particularly relevant for children whose daily dietary intake barely meets the requirements (Fernandes F. 2009). Breakfast eaters tend to have higher basal metabolism, and have less craving for the food. Children who skip breakfast but eat later on in the day may catch up their daily nutrient requirements but are unlikely to attend and concentrate on the teacher’s lecture in the morning session because they are hungry. If the transitory metabolic changes due to skipping breakfast were to occur frequently, they would be likely to have a cumulative adverse effect that may place a child’s school progress at risk (Fernandes F. 2009). So therefore as said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and majority of Filipinos agree. However, lack of time and other obstacles push them to skip it. Because some people believe that it helps to control weight. Some people think that skipping breakfast can make them lose weight. This is not true. In fact, eating breakfast can actually help you lose weight. According to dietitian Gail Frank, “Breakfast is also very important for weight loss and weight management.” Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat fewer calories the rest of the day. A 1994 report shows that children who skip breakfast are almost twice as likely to be overweight compared to kids who eat breakfast.
The problem with skipping breakfast is that it causes severe hunger patterns later in the day. This results in overeating on the next meal. Moreover, it’s hard to make a healthy food choice when you’re already starving. Nutrition experts believe that it’s better to eat several small meals a day. In a survey by the National Weight Control Registry, 80 percent of dieters who lost 30 pounds or more ate breakfast regularly. Take note that these people ate a healthy breakfast and not one loaded with fats and calories. (Philippine Star ,2017). These are just some of the findings of Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Healthy Breakfast Survey, which uncovered insights into the breakfast attitudes and consumption habits among 5,500 respondents across 11 markets in the region, which included 500 from the Philippines. According to the survey conducted in February, majority or 69 percent of Filipinos consider breakfast extremely important, with 86 percent choosing it as the most important meal of the day. In comparison, only 11 percent of respondents opt for lunch and 2 percent favor dinner. Looking closely at the breakfast habits of consumers in the Philippines, the survey found that 84 percent of respondents do make it a priority to eat their first and most important meal of the day at home, with 67 percent doing so within one to two hours of waking. The rest would just grab their breakfast either at work (10 percent) or on the way to work (4 percent). Only 2 percent
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