The contention that breakfast is the most important meal of the day might not just be Big Cereal propaganda.
Researchers tracked tens of thousands of members of Seventh-day Adventist churches to see if mealtime habits were reflected in body-mass index. They reported in The Journal of Nutrition that eating breakfast helped, as did lengthening the overnight fast.
Furthermore, the relative size of meals mattered: Those who ate their biggest meal in the morning, followed by smaller lunches and dinners, fared best. Lack of snacking also appeared to be beneficial.
The researchers noted an interesting limitation to their study: Adventists are already famous for their healthy diets. So we probably shouldn’t leap to the conclusion that eating a lot of junk in the morning will help our health.