The latest research from the University of Eastern Finland sheds new light on preventing obesity in teenagers, and the results are surprising. Eating regularly–breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks–controlled kids’ body mass index (BMI).
The researchers studied 4,000 children before before birth through age 16. By starting the study so early, the University of Eastern Finland team was able to determine early risk factors for obesity and understand metabolic rate in addition to studying the relationship between meal frequency and obesity.
Skipping breakfast, something teens like to do, was found to increase BMI and waist circumference. Kids who had a regular five-meal routine had a lower risk of obesity and boys were likely to have smaller midsections. This held true even if kids had a genetic predisposition to being overweight or obese.
The Finnish study shows that even if you worry about your kid’s weight, they still need to eat often.