According to a survey done by Asian Food Information Centre (AFIC), a substantial number of us are following the trend common in industrialized countries. In Hong Kong, one in five people eat breakfast, while in Philippines; the number is one in four. Malaysian and Singaporeans are much better at breakfast with only ten per cent skipping the meal.
Eating breakfast not only starts your day right, it also lays the foundation for life long health benefits. In the United States, a study done by Linda Van Horn, professor of preventive medicine at North-western University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, found that people who ate breakfast had a 35 to 50 per cent lower rate of insulin resistance compared to those who skipped the meal. Insulin resistance is a marker for diabetes and heart disease.
A morning meal can also help you lose weight. A survey by AFIC of 185 children from Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila found that those who eat breakfast regularly were less likely to be overweight than those who skipped it.