48% of young adults skipping breakfast regularly – Noone
A survey carried out by the IRFU has revealed that 48% of young adults aged 19-24 are skipping breakfast regularly. Speaking on this, Senator Catherine Noone said: “It’s a worrying trend, with about half of young adults aged 19-24 skipping breakfast regularly. The IRFU survey is aimed at young athletes but, in reality, it’s important for all young people to try, wherever possible, to have a healthy, balanced diet wherever possible – and that starts with some sort of breakfast”.
Senator Noone added: “With 48% of young people skipping breakfast regularly, and 30% of them skipping it three or more times a week, it seems clear that we need to bring about some sort of campaign to remind people about the importance of breakfast. There is a trickle-down effect too, as we see 24% of teenagers aged 14-18 also skipping breakfast regularly. This is particularly worrying, and could be theoretically targeted with a second-level campaign which would, hopefully in time, feed upwards to the 19-24 age category”.
Senator Noone concluded: “The importance of breakfast cannot be underestimated. Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight, but that’s not a good idea. Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Some studies suggest that people tend to add more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. While adults need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best, kids need it even more. Their growing bodies and developing brains need regular refuelling often, from food. When kids skip breakfast, they don’t get what they need to be at their best. We need to make sure that children, teenagers, young adults and parents know the value of good nutrition”.