Kettering Health | Strive | Fall 2022

The morning rush can make it easy for breakfast to slide down your priority list. You don’t want to be late, so you grab something on your way out the door, or you tell yourself coffee will keep you going until lunch. Does missing this meal, touted as the most important, really matter? The mental benefits of eating breakfast are known: Eating breakfast is associated with improved memory recall in adults1 and better performance in school for kids.2 But the physical risks of missing breakfast aren’t as widely discussed. “Usually, skipping breakfast leads to hunger, which can induce someone to graze before lunch, hit the break room for sweets, or make poor lunch choices,” says Michele Geiger, RD, registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist at Kettering Health. Beyond inconvenient hunger pangs, habitually skipping breakfast is associated with a higher risk of GOOD BETTER BEST breakfast Boost your health with 20