Eating Breakfast Shown To Help Manage Weight
Aug 8, 2003
Eating Breakfast Shown To Help Manage Weight

Study Links Eating Cereal With Lower Body Mass Index -
Battle Creek, Mich -

People who eat ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) for breakfast have significantly lower body mass indices (BMI) than those who skip breakfast or eat meat and eggs for breakfast, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition*.

The study analyzed breakfast consumption, type, total daily energy intake and BMI data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), a large population-based study conducted in the U.S. from 1988-1994.

"This study adds to the evidence that people who consume ready-to-eat cereals tend to have a lower body mass index than breakfast skippers, and overweight or obese individuals are more likely to skip breakfast or consume fewer calories at breakfast," said study author Gladys Block, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. "With 65% of Americans being overweight or obese, these findings support the benefits of consuming breakfast to help manage weight."

Study participants were divided into several breakfast categories, including: "Skippers," "Meat/Eggs," "Ready-to-Eat Cereal," "Cooked Cereal," "Breads," "Quick Breads," "Fruits/Vegetables," "Dairy," "Fats/Sweets," and "Beverages." Of the five breakfast categories that represented at least 10 percent of the population, people in the Ready-to-Eat Cereal group had the lowest BMI, and people in the Meat/Eggs group had the highest BMI. Cooked cereal eaters and quick bread eaters also had a lower BMI than Skippers and Meat/Eggs consumers.

The breakfast Skippers were one of three groups with the highest BMI (Skippers, Meat/Eggs and Dairy). Previous research shows breakfast skipping may lead to imbalanced eating later in the day (e.g., one large meal in the evening), which is a dietary pattern associated with obesity.

Body mass index is a tool that helps determine body weight. BMI factors in the amount of body fat vs. muscle, and also assesses the risk for health problems associated with weight.

"These findings demonstrate that in addition to the importance of eating breakfast, the particular types of breakfast foods consumed may influence BMI. Ready-to-eat cereal consumption may impact weight management," said Celeste Clark, vice president, corporate and scientific affairs, Kellogg Company. "At Kellogg, we offer a wide variety of ready-to-eat cereals that fit into a healthy lifestyle."

About Kellogg's

With 2002 sales of $8.3 billion, Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) is the world's leading producer of cereal and a leading manufacturer of convenience foods such as cereal bars, frozen waffles, toaster pastries, cookies and crackers. The company also produces natural and vegetarian foods. Founded in 1906 and dedicated to providing nutritious and tasty foods, Kellogg has manufacturing facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 180 countries. Kellogg brands include Kellogg's, Keebler, Pop-Tarts, Eggo, Nutri-Grain, Cheez-It, Morningstar Farms and Kashi. For more information, visit Kellogg's Web site at www.kelloggs.com.