A new paper published in Nutritional Neuroscience (2022) presents a systematic review and meta-analysis summarizing evidence on the association between skipping breakfast and mental health.
The total sample size of all selected studies was 399,550 individuals with age range of 6 to ≥65 years old.
The authors found a significant positive association between skipping breakfast and depression), stress and psychological distress in all age groups.
A subgroup analysis based on age stratification showed that there was a significant positive association between skipping breakfast and anxiety in adolescents.
Increasing the proportion of adolescents eating breakfast every morning may have a positive effect on reducing youth anxiety.
Read the abstract: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1028415X.2020.1853411