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Most children learn to eat breakfast in a balanced way to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes (10/12/2010)

The Department of Health, aware that many children go to school without breakfast (6.2% of children) or do so incorrectly, organized during the months of November and December a conference in a local primary school, in which healthy breakfasts offered to children in primary 1, and their parents to achieve optimal physical and intellectual performance in their daily work, and to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes.

In addition to these breakfasts, some lectures were given to parents of students about healthy eating habits in childhood.

This campaign will seek to promote the breakfast, for the following reasons (according to the Ministry of Health):

It is worrying that 8% of Spanish children come to school without breakfast.

It has been shown that the prevalence of obesity is higher in those who take little or skipped breakfast.

Also, for 19.3% of children and young people breakfast consists only of a glass of milk, while 56% for the milk glass is accompanied by a carbohydrate (bread, cookies, etc..).

Only 7.5% of children take a balanced breakfast consisting of milk, fruit or juice and carbohydrates.

The rush to get to school and drowsiness the first time in the morning, sometimes from performing the first meal of the day correctly, which can cause a reduction in attention and performance in the early hours.

The family should try to organize their time for the school to enjoy a good breakfast.

Breakfast is one of the most important shots of the day and should cover at least 25% of nutritional needs of schoolchildren.

Breakfast energy intake is of great importance as it will allow for an adequate physical and intellectual performance, school work and in daily work.

Breakfast food supply supports a diverse, but to have the best nutritional qualities should include: a milk (a glass of milk, yogurt, cheese of any type), a cereal (preferably bread, but corn flakes, cookies , muffins, biscuits, ...), a fat supplement (preferably olive oil, but not insult the butter, margarine ...) or fruit juice (any variety in season and various natural juice), jams, honey and, Sometimes ham or other deli items.


The aim is to promote healthy eating habits from childhood and to this end, the choice for breakfast, as all experts agree on the importance of the first meal of the day in the field of prevention.

6.2% of children and young people usually skip breakfast and only 7.5% of children take a balanced breakfast consisting of milk, fruit or juice and carbohydrates, according to the Ministry of Health.

A healthy proposal to prevent childhood obesity

Eat everything.

A varied and balanced diet is a healthy diet.

Always eat breakfast and as completely as possible.

Grains (bread, pasta, rice ...), potatoes and beans are staple foods need to be part of our daily diet.

Moderate consumption of fats, especially animal.

Take every day fruits and vegetables.

Moderate consumption of foods rich in sugar such as candy, sweets and soft drinks.

Reducing salt in foods and use preferably iodized salt.

Do exercise daily.

Walk whenever possible.

Involve all family members on various aspects related to food: to compare, choose the menu and cooking.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco

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