For years we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but skipping it might not be so bad after all.
Tim Spector, a professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College in London, reveals there aren't enough studies to back up the fact that skipping morning meals may cause obesity.
“Studies showing a link between obesity and missing the meal are biased by the bad habits of many breakfast skippers,” he tells MailOnline. “We know they are more likely to be less well-educated and ignore health advice, eat less fibre, smoke and avoid sports. All of which can lead to obesity and poor health regardless of breakfast.”
The professor claims that in six randomized studies conducted during recent years, four of them found that people who skipped breakfast—and therefore ate less—actually lost weight.
He argues that a Mediterranean diet, which typically consists of two meals later in the day with many people opting for just a cup of coffee in the morning, could be the best diet.
While some people insist children can suffer at school if they don’t eat in the morning, Spector believes further investigation needs to be carried out to determine if this is accurate. He adds that the benefits of breakfast may simply be down to genes or personal preference.
“The studies we've done with twins at King's College London have shown a clear gene influence on whether you are a morning person or an evening person,” the expert explained. “And these body-clock rhythms undoubtedly affect the times we prefer to eat.
“So we should probably let our bodies guide our choice of having breakfast, rather than dubious studies and dogma.”