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The Importance of Breakfast Consumption to Nutrition of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Nicklas, Theresa A. DrPH, LN; O’Neil, Carol PhD, MPH, RD; Myers, Leann PhD

Nutrition and the Life Cycle

Breakfast consumption has been identified as an important factor in nutrition, especially during growth stages. This article discusses data from nearly 2,500 children, adolescents, and young adults in Louisiana and considers the impact of breakfast consumption on their nutritional well-being.

Breakfast packs quite a nutritional punch

Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, LN, is Professor of Pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Her areas of expertise are cardiovascular health and nutritional epidemiology, child nutrition, and health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

Carol O’Neil, PhD, MPH, RD, is an Associate Professor and the Didactic Program Director at the Louisiana State University. Her research interests include food allergy, food security, and diet and health of low-income populations.

Leann Myers, PhD, is Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the coauthor of more than 20 articles on nutrition.

Corresponding author: Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, LN, Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 1100 Bates Street, Houston, TX 77030 (e-mail:

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