New Study Says Skipping Breakfast Makes You Gain More Weight Than Having Two Breakfasts

03/23/2016 at 08:54 AM ET

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The age-old diet rule of never skipping breakfast just got a big boost.

A new study published in Pediatric Obsesity found that eating two breakfasts is actually better than consuming nothing at all.  The findings come after researchers from Yale and the University of Connecticut followed middle-school students starting from their fifth grade year in 2011 to seventh grade in 2013, according to the Washington Post.

The children had a wide variety of different breakfast habits, including typically skipping the meal, eating a single meal at home or at school, and those who ate two meals – one at home and again at school.

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Turns out, the kids who got a double dose of breakfast (about one in every ten students in the study) registered the same average weight gain as all of their peers, including those who ate just one breakfast.  The real difference was seen in the kids who never or rarely ate breakfast – they were twice as likely to be overweight or obese than the students who consumed two morning meals.

So kids (and adults who want to give it a try), it looks like two (healthy) breakfasts should be in your future.

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–Michelle Ward Trainor

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This is important for kids, but for adults not so much. I started gaining weight when I started eating breakfast. I think as adults we are exposed to so much toxins and bad eating over the years, that giving the digestion a break actually promotes a healthier “system”.

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