In the short study, the first question asked was if the high school students often get exercise or if they participate in sports. Six students (75%) said that they did get a reasonable amount of exercise. This question was asked because if a person is also an athlete, or getting a decent amount of exercise--they should be fueling their body with the nutrients they need to perform at their best and be as healthy as possible.
The next question asked was how often the high schoolers ate breakfast. Only half of the students eat breakfast every morning, according to the survey. That may be surprising, but something else may be more surprising than that--three of the students said they don’t eat breakfast at all. Two of these students also said that they participate in sports or get a good amount of exercise as well.
In an article by Kristy Lee Wilson (A writer for sfgate.com) she states that, “The rapid growth that occurs during the high school years makes proper nutrition essential for high school athletes. Inadequate nutrition may lead to negative effects on their growth and development.”
Wilson also says in her article Nutrition & the Importance of Breakfast for High School Athletes, “High school athletes need a substantial number of calories for optimal growth and development and also because participation in sports places additional stress on the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems. Inadequate calorie consumption and low-quality nutrition dramatically reduces athletic performance.”
On the survey, there was a special question for those students that did eat breakfast. Students were asked if they were usually hungry before lunch. All of the students who ate breakfast were always hungry before lunch. This may conclude that these students aren’t eating a big enough breakfast, or that there is quite a time gap until lunch time.
The fact that students eat or don’t eat is important, but what else is important is what they put in their bodies. The high schoolers were asked what they usually eat for breakfast. One student said that they eat pancakes or waffles, another said that they usually eat something along the lines of donuts or pastries. Three said they eat hot or cold cereal commonly, and the remaining three stated that they just do not eat breakfast at all.
This survey also asked students the reason why they skipped breakfast. Five out of the eight students said that sometimes in the morning they just don’t have the time to eat before they get out the door. Two of the students said that they just weren't hungry in the mornings, and the last student said that there was another reason for not eating.
Skipping breakfast can be very bad for the body. Some students are not only skipping breakfast, but they are also skipping other meals as well. Three students said that they do skip other meals besides breakfast. The remaining five stated that they do not.
So what does this all mean? Are students not getting the vitamins they need to start their day? If they aren’t, they may not perform their best at school and in sports. It is very important to eat breakfast because they say that it is the most important meal of the day.