Study finds school breakfast is a key to future success
A new study shows the positive effect that school breakfast can have on a child's performance on standardized tests.
March 4th, 2013
11:30 AM ET

Study finds school breakfast is a key to future success

By Kat Kinsman, CNN

(CNN) - Breakfast might not just be the most important meal of a child's day – it might be one of most important meals of their life. A new study released Wednesday by non-profit group Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign shows the positive effect that school breakfast can have on a child's performance in class and on standardized tests, and what this can mean for their future.

Eleven million low-income students eat a school-provided breakfast. Share Our Strength partnered with professional services firm Deloitte to analyze third party studies and publicly available data to assess the impact of existing school breakfast plans on students' academic performance. They found some rather eye-opening statistics.

Students who ate school breakfast attended an average of 1.5 more days of school than their meal-skipping peers, and their math scores averaged 17.5% higher. The report, which was funded in part by Kellogg's, went on to share that these students with increased attendance and scores were 20% more likely to continue on and graduate high school. High school graduates earn on average $10,090 more annually that their non-diploma-holding counterparts and are significantly less likely to experience hunger in adulthood.

Read the full post on CNN's Eatocracy blog

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rande

    Breakfast is really important. It helps you pay attention in school and puts your head off your desk.

    March 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
  2. Riva

    I agree! Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, it keeps you going, and gives you energy. I believe that in order to go to school, and do good, every kid should have a good breakfast.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  3. Chloe

    Breakfast is a very important meal. Whenever my teachers set an official date for a test, they always tell us to eat a good breakfast. I don't really find it a surprise that kids who eat the first meal of the day tend to do better in school.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm |