The Cure for Teen Obesity? Eating Five Small Meals a Day
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2013 Oct 08
Eating five meals a day - breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks - protects children against obesity, according to new research.
The study of more than 4,000 Finnish youngsters followed participants from before birth up until the age of 16 and aimed to identify early life risk factors for obesity.
It also investigated any association between the condition and meal frequency. The study found that both boys and girls who stuck to a regular five meal a day regime were at less risk of being overweight and obese.
Moreover, the eating pattern zapped the effect of the common fat causing genetic variants whereas missing breakfast was associated with greater BMI and waist circumference.
The findings were published in International Journal of Obesity.