Breakfast and Teenagers – Important or Not?

Breakfast and Teenagers – Important or Not?

Monday, 27 May 2013 19:00

On May 25, 2013 Jenni A wrote:

Hi Mark

Once again you were totally engaging and inspiring when you spoke to us yesterday
at the nurses wellness conference. I tried to get to say hello but the queues to talk to you were too long ( which was fantastic for you).

I just wanted to tell you that since hearing you speak at the last nurses conference in 2010…. I have made some changes to my life and tried to encourage others to do the same. I work as a secondary school nurse in education…and my role is in health promotion. I wanted to ask you about teenagers…there is a huge message that is constantly given to them about the importance of eating breakfast…what are your views about this…for what you talk about..re eating,sleeping etc makes so much sense?

A huge thank you again Mark…may be one day I could get you to talk to the students. In good health.



Hi Jenni,

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/

-Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.