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Questions & Answers: How important is a good breakfast for children?

Questions & Answers

Q. How important is a good breakfast for children?

A. A study has confirmed the conventional wisdom that a well-nourished child will do better in school.

As we know from studies of famine in developing countries and anorexia nervosa in our own country, prolonged food deprivation is damaging to intellectual as well as physical functioning. It has been unclear, however, whether gaps in food intake affect the minds of children with normal appetites who otherwise have access to plentiful food.

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