Should I Worry if My Teen Skips Breakfast?

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Should I Worry if My Teen Skips Breakfast?

No, if meal skipping is just occasional. But if your teen skips meals regularly, nutrients needed for growth, development and health may come up short.

Teenage girls often skip breakfast or lunch to save on calories, then perhaps miss out on nutrient-rich foods of special concern: high-calcium foods such as milk, iron-fortified cereals, fiber-rich whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Later teens may satisfy their hunger with high-calorie, high-fat snack foods. The net result: more calories, fewer nutrients.

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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

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  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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