Thanks so much for the email. It was a super fun day on Friday, that’s for sure.
Regarding your question – ideally, teenagers and kids would eat in a similar way as “advised” for adults, i.e., not overdoing it at breakfast, and having lunch as the main meal. However, for practical purposes, I don’t think it’s a bad thing that kids are encouraged to have a decent breakfast. The key of course, is it should be a healthy breakfast – natural “muesli”, fruit, etc., not bacon and eggs on toast or most commercial cereals (full of sugar etc).
School kids are never going to sit down and have a settled, cooked meal at lunchtime, so therefore there is a bit more onus on a decent breakfast to get through the day. Also, as kids are still growing, and should generally be more active (assuming they are not on computers and play stations all day), breakfast is more important for them.
A related point, is that I am not suggesting that we don’t eat breakfast, it’s just that it should be based on one’s actual appetite and ability to digest it before lunchtime, rather than just having a blanket rule that it should be the most important meal of the day and therefore we should eat it regardless of hunger or actual need for food. See my previous blog at www.markbunn.com.au/breakfast/