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akirasan

Students Not Eating Breakfast

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I wasn't sure where to put this. Yesterday I visited my friends school to chat with some of her English students and see how their conversation is going. 


One of the questions I asked was "what did you have for breakfast?" Probably half the class hadn't eaten breakfast that day.

Is there anything I can do about this? Should I be doing anything? I know I probably shouldn't get involved, but I slept on it and it's still bothering me today.

This is a school in Sisaket province and I know most of the locals don't have a lot of money (including the school).

All suggestions are welcome.

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Its pretty common for people not to eat breakfast, even in Europe. Its not always a matter of money some people just can't eat in the mornings. So don't jump to the conclusion its a money thing or that your way is the only way.

 

Research has shown though that people who don't eat breakfast are in general more prone to weight gain then those who do but that is about it when talking about risks. 

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I wake my 13 year old son about 6 am. He has a wash, cleans his teeth, gets dressed and may or may not eat breakfast.

 

This morning he had Koko Krunch with milk. After he had gone to school at 06:40 I looked in the fridge and he had left half.

 

Sometimes he will eat breakfast and othe days not. He can get breakfast at the school if he wants.

 

You can't force kids to eat. 

 

quote from robblok  "Research has shown though that people who don't eat breakfast are in general more prone to weight gain then those who do but that is about it when talking about risks." my son is about 170cm tall and weighed last week at 48.7 kg.

 

I think he has his Mum's genes as her family are tall and skinny.

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On 6/8/2018 at 9:15 AM, akirasan said:

One of the questions I asked was "what did you have for breakfast?" Probably half the class hadn't eaten breakfast that day.

 

What were the actual answers that they gave you? Are you sure they understood the question or that they knew how to answer it.

 

I can almost guarantee that some of the students replied "no have", because that is something they know how to say.

 

For those that did eat breakfast, did you have a follow on question of "what did you have?" - if so, even more of a reason for the students to answer "no" to your first question.

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As everyone said.  Without asking why, you can't assume it's because they can't afford it.  Some probably truly can't.  Others may choose not to.  When I was in school, I never did.  I'm not a morning person, and I both couldn't eat that early *and* didn't get up early enough to leave any time other than what it took to get ready.  It never bothered me (I didn't feel hungry and probably got as much or more benefit from the extra sleep than I would have from eating.)  Now I eat breakfast and am actually hungry when I don't-- but I eat at my desk when I get to work because I can, which means I'm both not eating too soon upon getting up *and* don't have to wake up extra-early to do so.

 

If it's going to keep bothering you, maybe further English practice in conversations about whether they usually eat breakfast (I mean, you did ask on only one day), what others in their family may eat, do they like or not like to eat breakfast or what is their favorite meal of the day, etc. would be a way to find out why without having to outright ask "is your family too poor for you to be able to have breakfast?"  (I don't think "what is your favorite breakfast food" would work, right, because I'm always told Thailand doesn't really have "dedicated" breakfast food like the west?  {I have no idea, because I'm fine with eating whatever for whatever meal-- was never that big on most of what westerners would consider "proper" or "correct" breakfast food so I'm not inclined to seek out certain food in the morning and never paid attention to whether Thais do, but from what I read it's just not that common and I see the street vendors selling noodles and curry early...})

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52 minutes ago, PETERTHEEATER said:

This morning he had Koko Krunch with milk. After he had gone to school at 06:40 I looked in the fridge and he had left half.

 

Koko Krunch! That's not breakfast but another sugar-loaded excuse. No wonder he left half.

 

He chose it himself.

 

This morning I had a small box of Frosties and another of honey stars. I enjoyed it and ate it all. Did you not eat cereals for breakfast when you were a crabfat?

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'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' was started as a 1944 marketing campaign launched by General Foods, the manufacturer of Grape Nuts, to sell more cereal. There is little scientific evidence that it is and there are quite a few studies to say it is in fact quite harmful (https://health.spectator.co.uk/why-eating-breakfast-is-bad-for-your-health). The general consensus though is this is really just for adults and skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, their bodies need to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep. Their mood and energy can drop by mid-morning if they don't eat at least a small morning meal but they need to concentrate on the following food groups:

 

  • carbohydrates: whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and muffins, fruits, vegetables
  • protein: low-fat or nonfat dairy products, lean meats, eggs, nuts (including nut butters), seeds, and cooked dried beans
  • fiber: whole-grain breads, waffles, and cereals; brown rice, bran, and other grains; fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts

It's not essential for kids to have breakfast but they may be thinking you are talking about breakfast in the traditional sense so maybe they better question would be 'have you eaten anything so far today' and if that's still a no then maybe you or the school can help by providing some fruit and cereal which can be done relatively cheaply.   

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21 minutes ago, johnnybangkok said:

'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' was started as a 1944 marketing campaign launched by General Foods, the manufacturer of Grape Nuts, to sell more cereal. There is little scientific evidence that it is and there are quite a few studies to say it is in fact quite harmful (https://health.spectator.co.uk/why-eating-breakfast-is-bad-for-your-health). The general consensus though is this is really just for adults and skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, their bodies need to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep. Their mood and energy can drop by mid-morning if they don't eat at least a small morning meal but they need to concentrate on the following food groups:

 

  • carbohydrates: whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and muffins, fruits, vegetables
  • protein: low-fat or nonfat dairy products, lean meats, eggs, nuts (including nut butters), seeds, and cooked dried beans
  • fiber: whole-grain breads, waffles, and cereals; brown rice, bran, and other grains; fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts

It's not essential for kids to have breakfast but they may be thinking you are talking about breakfast in the traditional sense so maybe they better question would be 'have you eaten anything so far today' and if that's still a no then maybe you or the school can help by providing some fruit and cereal which can be done relatively cheaply.   

Actually more and more research points out that its better to eat a good breakfast and then slowly taper down what you eat from there on. Research has shown we don't handle a meal the same in the morning as in the evening. 

 

Your blood sugar stays far lower when you eat in the morning as when you eat at night. They did an experiment in a BBC documentary about it. First eating a Fry up in the morning and later one in the evening. The results were spectacular in the evening the body handled the food far less efficient leading to more fat gain.

 

Its been known for quite a while that its better to eat a big breakfast a somewhat smaller lunch and then an even smaller dinner. 

 

Personally I always eat breakfast always have eaten breakfast. I just don't think that its feasible for everyone to eat breakfast. Some just can't eat in the morning. I do think its the best thing to do.

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Read only recently that the medical profession has now come to the conclusion that "a good breakfast" is not that important after all ( like a lot of Uther stuff we were led to believe in the old days).

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I used to religiously eat breakfast all my life for over 55 years but after reading John Kiefers work on Carb Backloading I stopped and feel much better. No more morning sluggishness and hunger pangs only start eating at around noon and only fat and protein no carbohydrates I have  never felt so good in my life. Breakfast is certainly not essential and only a recent introduction like JohhnyBangkok states, also drinking orange juice in the morning actually not a good idea just good for the orange juice producers to sell their product. As long as they get their allotment of calories, protein and healthy fats on a daily basis all is well.   

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On 6/9/2018 at 6:16 AM, Scott said:

The biggest impact on students who don't eat breakfast is on their learning.   Students who eat breakfast perform better than students who don't.  

 

The brain uses a lot of energy and kids are growing.   I don't know that it's essential to have a big breakfast, but it's a good idea to get some food in them at some point before they start classes.  

 

Exactly!

 

An experienced teacher can tell which kids have or have not had breakfast.

 

My kids have breakfast before school every day.

 

If yours don't, then you're doing it wrong.

 

 

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5 hours ago, a1falang said:

Intermittent fasting involves "skipping" or delaying breakfast. This whole idea of "three square meals a day" is very recent. For most of our species' existence as hunters and gatherers, breakfast wasn't a thing. Fasting has proven health benefits, as long as adequate calories are still consumed.

 

Total crock of shit in regards to school children.

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