Health and Fitness: Skipping meals: An issue that goes beyond hunger problems

When it comes to being healthy, missing meals is not the way to go. So many people skip the best meal of the day: breakfast. The routine of a typical lazy college student is to just roll out of bed, get ready for class in five minutes and then sit in class all day.

Breakfast isn’t the only meal that people cut out of their day, but it is the most common because it’s so easy to skip. I don’t understand why some people choose to miss out on the best meal of the day. I fantasize about eating breakfast all day. Breakfast is both delicious and nutritious and is the highlight of my day.

While some people miss out on breakfast because they’re lazy, others may skip it because they think that it will help them lose weight, and some claim they just aren’t hungry in the morning. Well, I’ve got some news for these people: Skipping breakfast and any other meals not only slows down your metabolism, but there are other negative health effects as well.

According to, your body enters “starvation mode” after skipping a meal because it fears that it won’t get any fuel for a long time. Constantly skipping meals also destroys your muscle tone because in this state, the body uses its calories resourcefully in order to protect its stored fat and in turn, uses lean tissue and muscle instead. A lower metabolic rate is a direct effect of the muscle loss, and therefore, fewer calories are needed for your body to survive. So by missing out on eating during the day, you are tricking your body into storing fat, and will therefore gain more fat by eating less.

Eating regularly gives you energy throughout the day and keeps you full so you won’t be hungry for a cheesesteak from the Bronc Diner at 10 p.m.

Many studies have found connections between eating breakfast and fewer chronic diseases, a longer life and better health. When you wake up in the morning, your blood sugar is at its lowest. A good breakfast filled with glucose will help fuel your brain and central nervous system properly.

There have been many scholarly studies that suggest skipping meals is related to poor health. One specific study published in the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease says that skipping meals and eating only one large meal throughout the day could lead to diabetes.

Having a huge meal is not necessary; just having something small to keep your metabolism active is healthier than nothing at all.

By choosing to be healthy and eating three meals a day rather than eating less and gaining weight because of skipping meals, you will be on your way to kicking your poor eating habits.

      -Paige McAtee

Junior journalism major




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