As I was growing up my mom always told me to eat a good breakfast before school, especially on test days. Many people skip breakfast even though we hear “it’s the most important meal of the day” all the time. Does breakfast in fact improve performance in school?
Many studies have been done to test whether breakfast impacts children’s performance. In almost every experiment, breakfast has proved to have a positive impact on a child’s ability to take tests, to learn, and to stay focused. For example, Harvard did an experiment with children of the same learning capabilities. Some children had a good and healthy breakfast, and the others did not and then they were given an assessment. It was randomized to determine which children ate and which did not. The Harvard researchers found that the children that ate breakfast were “…significantly more attentive in the classroom, earned higher grades in math, and had significantly fewer behavioral and emotional problems” (Kleinman). They also found that children who were hungry were very distracted and had behavioral problems. It makes the children very agitated.
The study involved 133 students and followed their behavior for four months. At the school, they started a free breakfast program in the morning. In the beginning, only about one third of the students ate breakfast at all, and by the end, two thirds of the students were eating breakfast often. These students showed better math grades, better attendance, and decreased anxiety. The School Breakfast Program was established in schools all over the country to increase the number of kids eating breakfast, therefore, improving school performance. (Kleinman).
So is eating breakfast a cause of better school performance or just a correlation? I think it causes better performance. With the data collected, it shows that the vast majority has improved performance after eating breakfast. If someone who does not eat breakfast increases performance, or someone who eats breakfast decreases performance, it is due to chance. Therefore, it is best to eat breakfast in the morning and start your day properly!
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