Predictors of adolescent breakfast consumption: longitudinal findings from Project EAT.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of breakfast consumption among adolescents. METHODS: Five-year longitudinal study Project EAT (Eating Among Teens). Baseline surveys were completed in Minneapolis-St. Paul schools and by mail at follow-up by youth (n = 800) transitioning from middle to high school. Linear regression models examined associations between baseline predictors and follow-up breakfast consumption. RESULTS: Frequency of breakfast consumption at follow-up was positively associated with baseline breakfast consumption and inversely associated with baseline weight concerns (P < .01). Perceptions of being too rushed in the morning to eat a healthful breakfast were associated with lower breakfast frequency 5 years later among girls (P < .01). After adjusting for baseline breakfast consumption, none of the associations with predictor variables remained statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Early adolescence is an important time to establish regular breakfast consumption. Interventions aimed at increasing breakfast consumption should include messages about healthful weight management and ideas for quick, healthful breakfasts.
- Bruening, M; Larson, N; Story, M; Neumark-Sztainer, D; Hannan, P
Volume / Issue
- 43 / 5
Start / End Page
- 390 - 395
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States