Is Breakfast Important to IHS Students?

Seamus Foley, Seth Woodbury, Journalist

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and essential for every high schooler at IHS. Not only does the meal provide energy for the day but it also boosts productivity in school. Students that consume breakfast overall do better in school than students that don’t eat breakfast. According to a study done by the National Library of Medicine, students who eat breakfast everyday on average score 31.322 points higher in academic performance. Teenagers that eat breakfast have better memory, and prevent weight loss. Breakfast also gives students the necessary vitamins that are needed to be active throughout the day. The recommended breakfast consists of vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin C, Zinc and fiber. The foods that have these nutrients are healthy cereal, toast, peanut butter, eggs and honey. 


The most common breakfast foods among teenagers is slightly different from the recommended but not too far off to be alarming. Some of the most common include milk with cereal, toast, eggs, waffles, and pancakes. Most students don’t have a big breakfast though and often state they don’t have time to eat and or need that time to get extra rest. According to the CDC breakfast consumption decreased when children got older, 95.8% of children ages 2-5 had breakfast in the morning with only 72.9% of adolescents between the ages 12-19 eating breakfast, a sharp decrease. Not only is this statistic alarming for a number of reasons, it is most alarming because students are not getting their necessary vitamins for the day. The vitamins needed to be productive through the day are Vitamin B, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Zinc and Fiber. Without these vitamins it is very hard for a student to be productive in school. 


We interviewed multiple students at IHS about their usual breakfast, Kobo (Nate Kobusweski), Gaga (Max Smith), Karim (Luca Harlow-Rivas). All three have drastically different breakfasts, Kobo responded, “I eat muffins, bagels or cereal.” Gaga explained, “I sometimes eat breakfast but if I ever do I will eat either eggo waffles or pancakes.”  Karim unfortunately said, “I don’t eat breakfast.” All the interviewed students have different opinions about whether they think breakfast is important. Kobo said, “Yes, breakfast is important especially on school days because otherwise I would be starving during the first period.” Gaga explained, “Yeah because you need to get the energy you need in the morning but I usually don’t have time.” Karim added, “If I thought so I would eat breakfast.” 


Our final questions for Kobo, Gaga and Karim varied but we got a lot of information from them. Kobo said his favorite breakfast food on a school day is, “A good blueberry muffin.” Kobo’s preferred drink with his breakfast is,  “Any Juice.” Kobo says he has enough time for breakfast, “Yes, plenty of time.” Gaga eats breakfast at the right time, “I eat breakfast at 6:30 on a school day.” Breakfast is not the biggest meal of the day for Gaga, “No, It is my smallest meal and sometimes I don’t eat breakfast.” We asked Karim what he drinks for breakfast and he responded with, “Nothing.” Karim also responded to a question concerning if he has enough time in the morning for breakfast and he responded with, “No, I just sleep.” Karim responded with a hard  “No.” to if he eats breakfast with Yaya (Daniel O’Carroll) or Gaga (Max Smith).


It is very important to be able to improve energy and productivity for the day through eating breakfast. Going through the school day without breakfast is not the correct move because you will perform worse. Waking up at the right time on a school day and eating all the correct contents is essential for all IHS students. From the interviews we can conclude that a lot of IHS students eat a variety of foods in the morning for breakfast. Around 2\3 (66.6%) of IHS students at least try to get in whatever they can before the school day which means most students eat breakfast. From interviewing Karim we can predict that about 1\3 (33.3%) of IHS students do not eat breakfast on a day to day basis. The statistic of around 66.6% or 2/3 of IHS students eating breakfast more or less falls in line with the CDC statistic of 72.9% of children ages 12-19 eating breakfast in the morning.