A ground-breaking new study by researchers from Cardiff University has confirmed the link between eating a good breakfast and academic performance in children.
While there has been evidence that eating a healthy breakfast is associated with health and cognitive performance of school aged children, previous studies have failed to demonstrate a direct link with educational outcomes.
A study recently published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, investigated this link in 5 000 children between the ages of 9 and 11, correlating their breakfast habits with educational outcomes at 6-month and 18-month time-points. The researchers reported significant associations between eating breakfast and educational performance in these children. Furthermore, the study found that higher quality breakfasts were associated with greater academic outcomes.
This study provides the strongest evidence to date of the link between diet and educational achievement in children. The researchers suggest that further studies are necessary to determine exactly how eating breakfast affects children and leads to improvements in educational outcomes, in addition to finding ways to encourage a greater number of children to eat a healthy breakfast.
Cardiff University News Release: “Good breakfast, good grades?” Available from: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/162112-good-breakfast,-good-grades Last Accessed: November 17, 2015
Hannah J Littlecott, Graham F Moore, Laurence Moore, Ronan A Lyons and Simon Murphy. Association between breakfast consumption and educational outcomes in 9–11-year-old children. Public Health Nutrition, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S1368980015002669.
Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD