An investigation into adults’ breakfast eating habits and BMI; exploring intakes, attitudes and dietary habits
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Breakfast could be seen as part of a greater dietary and health lifestyle, which incorporates health-promoting practices and higher levels of wellbeing. With an increasing obesity epidemic the purpose of this study was to investigate adults’ breakfast eating habits and body mass index, whilst exploring intakes, attitudes and dietary habits. Methods: A cross-sectional study of 30 adults (age 20-60), using a single, researcher administered questionnaire and 24-hour dietary recall, to investigate adults’ breakfast eating habits and body mass index whilst exploring intakes, attitudes and dietary habits. Results: Nearly half of participants (47%) eat breakfast everyday whilst only 3% never consumed breakfast. Breakfast skippers are more likely to consume unhealthy or a mixture of healthy and unhealthy snacks. Breakfast eaters are more likely to exercise than breakfast skippers and have a healthy body mass index. Conclusions: Breakfast eaters are more health conscious and have positive health behaviours compared to breakfast skippers who are more likely to have health compromising behaviours and unhealthy lifestyles.
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