A recent study looked at the breakfast habits of 2,200 teenagers and then compared them to their change in body weight over ensuing years.
It found that teenagers who regularly ate their morning meal were more likely to be physically active than those who chose not to.
After a 5 year period, these teenagers were found to have gained less weight and have lower body mass index levels than their counterparts.
Study author Mark Pereira said that many adolescents mistakenly believe that skipping breakfast is an effective way to cut down on calories.
“Eating a healthy breakfast may help adolescents avoid overeating later in the day and disrupt unhealthy eating patterns, such as not eating early in the day and eating a lot late in the evening,” he said.
According to estimates, between 12 and 24 per cent of adolescents regularly skip breakfast.