Healthy breakfasts help pupils do well at school
A study has found that pupils who have a healthy breakfast are twice as likely to do well at school as those who do not. A significant link between eating a healthy breakfast and performing above average in primary school assessments was found by researchers in the biggest study of its kind to date; however, no such link was discovered between eating unhealthy foods and doing well at school, with food such as crisps and sweets having no positive effect on performance in tests.
The research, led by Cardiff University, looked at 5,000 children aged 9-11 and assessed what they had eaten in 24 hours, with over 100 primary schools in Wales agreeing to take part in the research. The researchers then looked at the children’s test results in Key Stage 2 assessments 6-18 months later, finding that it was twice as likely for a child to perform above average in a test if they regularly ate breakfast. As well as breakfast, other eating habits such as the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed by children were also significantly and positively linked to pupils’ performance at school.