Should I Worry if My Teen Skips Breakfast?

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Don't worry if your teen occasionally skips meals, but if it happens regularly, the 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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