Study shows children who eat breakfast perform better at school

Posted 17.11.2015 in Kids, Recipes, Breakfast Week

Study shows children who eat breakfast perform better at school

New research, conducted by Cardiff University, shows that children who eat breakfast perform better at school than those who arrive hungry.


New research, conducted by Cardiff University, shows that children who eat breakfast perform better at school than those who arrive hungry.

It is the first time a direct link between pupils' breakfast quality and consumption and their educational attainment has been demonstrated.

The study asked 5,000 nine to 11-year-olds to list what they ate in 24 hours and involved more than 100 primary schools in Wales. The study sought to examine the link between breakfast consumption and quality and subsequent attainment in Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessments* 6-18 months later.

The odds of achieving an above average performance was up to twice as high for pupils who ate breakfast, compared with those who did not.

Social scientists say the research offers the strongest evidence yet of a meaningful link between dietary behaviours and concrete measures of academic attainment.

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