We’ve all heard – probably more than once – that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet many people are skipping out on starting their morning with a good brekkie. Half of those aged between 16 and 34 now skip breakfast altogether, while a third choose to eat theirs away from home.
New research from The Grocer found that more people are eating breakfast on the go as they head to work or waiting until they get to the office to tuck into something. While the availability of breakfast options at supermarkets and cafes means that the overall number of breakfasts being eaten in the UK has increased by 0.7 per cent, these on-the-go choices usually aren’t the healthiest.
One in ten breakfasts in Britain are now being eaten outside the home, showing an increase of 1.8 per cent in the last year. While many offices provide kitchen areas for workers to make their breakfast, this means that there is a rise in those enjoying the meal at their desk.
This may be seen as a good way to multitask, but desk lunches and breakfasts have been linked to weight gain as you don’t fully focus on exactly what you’re eating or how much. It also means there is an increased likelihood that you’ll reach for more snacks throughout the day.
Brits are also eating breakfast much later, with the meal being enjoyed as late as 11am, rather than sitting at the table before work or school to have breakfast as a family. While this may allow people to enjoy a lie in or cram more into their morning at work, it can cause issues with energy levels and concentration.
On top of this, it can mean all meals get pushed to later in the day, which isn’t great for the metabolism and can contribute to weight gain.
According to The Grocer, the main breakfast skipping culprits are those aged 16 to 34, with almost half of brits who don’t eat the meal falling into this age range. As Millennials seem to be on top of the food trends – avocado toast anyone? – it seems surprising that they aren’t making the most of breakfast.
In comparison, those over the age of 55 are more likely to enjoy their breakfast at home before getting on with the rest of the day, as they like to maintain a ‘three meals a day’ habit. Not only does this help to regulate energy throughout the day so you’re less reliant on coffee or tea – not to mention less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks – it is also a better way to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
In fact, there are a number of reasons why you should definitely try to make time for breakfast – and we don’t mean stopping to grab a pastry and latte on your way to work – which you can read about in our blog here. Even if it means having to get out of bed a bit earlier, it will definitely be worth the hassle.