Can Skipping Meals Make You Heavier?

It’s always interesting when scientific research suggests the opposite of people’s “logical” assumptions. Case in point—It’s logical to assume that skipping a meal each day would lead to losing weight. According to Medical News Today, however, it could mean the exact opposite.

A study in Finland measured the eating habits of 512 children from the ages of 6 to 8. According to their research, kids that skipped meals have a greater chance of gaining excess fat.

People have known for a while that healthier people have three meals a day. This is especially true for breakfast (remember the old commercials about breakfast being the most important meal of the day?). On the other hand, people have not necessarily known that going without meals may actually lead to weight gain.

The study also found that skipping meals is associated with greater heart risk. This, on top of the excess weight factor, should give caution to meal skippers.

These pieces of information could end up being great on two fronts. For one, it could potentially lead to lower obesity rates. Secondly, and more importantly, it could encourage healthier living, through three solid meals. The doctoral researcher on the Finnish study says that “sticking to regular meals seems to be crucial for preventing overweight and cardiometabolic diseases.”

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