Skipping breakfast: Will it really make you fat?

Posted by Mohnia Patel on

The world of dietary has, over the years, revolutionized to become a world of myth and fact. Some societies and individual groups hold a different say to the other when the matter of diet is raised. Some will claim to have the perfect recipe for a perfect diet, while others will come up with recipes that cancel out the whole idea of diet. While all these may hold differently for different people, one belief has managed to spread through most societies. This is the belief of the relationship between breakfast and weight. Breakfast is an essential meal in our daily dietary. Some people take it so as to gather enough energy to counter the day’s work while others take it to stay in shape. While the latter may sound confusing, it may hold some ground.

A person who misses breakfast will normally end up hungry and consequently end up eating a lot of snacks before the next meal. This leads to consumption of more calories, and if done repeatedly, may result in adding weight. If scientists had stopped at this, then this would already have been established as a fact. But they didn’t, instead they went and presented research results that support the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Despite their claim, there has never been a study that specifically addresses the merits of breakfast to ascertain its importance as the most important meal.

So why would this confusion occur?

Science is one of the key driving forces for development from historic times. However, like any other human work, it is bound to have errors and come under bias.

Biasing of the results from a research

In order to remain relevant while researching on trending issues, scientists may force researches they do to portray a particular result. Just like other industries, the relevance of the next big thing exists in the world of Science. Some scientists may, in desperation to see their research hit the newspapers, twist the result of their researches to sweeten them for the public to consume. The reception ends up going to details on the results of the research and end up misguided, creating confusion between fact and myth. If the scientists therefore did a research on dietary, and the results were not as impressive as to warrant attention from the news seekers, then there might have been a possibility of bias in the final results presented, which might have resulted to the many dietary myths that exist today

Improper use of causal language

If one thing causes another to occur, like a wet road would cause a car to skid, then the wet road would be causal for the accident. However, if in the same car that skidded were a puppy, then it would have been that the presence of a puppy co-related with the occurrence of a puppy. If this information was presented by a scientist seeking to hit the news, he could say that the accident was caused’ by the occurrence of a puppy in the car that just happened to be moving on a wet road. People would definitely want to know of the puppy that caused the accident on a wet road while disregarding the fact that the dog was actually co-relating to a car that got in an accident due to a wet road. It therefore shows that the manner in which the results is presented in terms of this causes that’ could cause misinformation by the scientists.

Improperly citing and referring to other people’s results

some people will want to back their information with results from another research. If Person 1 alters the original citation in their information, then the results become inaccurate and may mislead those to whom it is intended. When person 2 decides to quote a citation from the Person 1’s already altered citation, and then the overall cycle misinforms the consumers of the final information.


In conclusion, science has failed to provide a clear explanation for the relationship that exists between breakfast and weight gain. It is therefore advisable to take your body uniquely and know how it reacts when you miss breakfast and when you don’t. You should be able to know if you can take the meal and still keep shape by experimenting on yourself, and carry your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in case your experiment, like the scientists’, goes wrong.

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