Are you eating a good breakfast? The graph below shows the percentage of people in Japan who do not eat breakfast, and shows that the number of both men and women who do not eat in the morning is increasing year by year. That increase is thought to be caused by more people leading late-night lives as a result of studying for exams, working overtime, or working nightshifts.
The next graph shows the percentage of people who do not eat breakfast, broken down by age. The biggest percentage is people in their 20s, with nearly one in three men and one in four women in this age group skipping breakfast.
People who don’t eat breakfast will often have an irregular dinner time, and the foods they eat tend to be unbalanced. They will snack after dinner and have irregular eating habits.
Skipping breakfast can make people feel tired, gain weight, and have a lack of concentration, and can ultimately be a trigger for lifestyle-related diseases.
Skipping breakfast is also seen among children in both the 1 to 6 and 7 to 14 age groups. With the early years being so important for a child’s development, this is a problem that should not be ignored.
The following graphs show the relationship between skipping breakfast and feeling sluggish in elementary and junior high school students. It is clear that children who eat breakfast every day are less likely to feel sluggish. Skipping breakfast can lead to problems at school, as sluggishness can cause a loss of motivation.
Among those children who almost never eat breakfast, a high percentage respond that they “have a hard time getting up and feel lousy in the morning” and that they “sometimes have no appetite,” since they also go to bed late.