This JAMA below is bit frustrating. The answer to their question is that more studies are needed.
The question of whether to skip breakfast or not is important for everyone, especially mothers: do I feed my child a sugary cereal which is fast & at least something or do I let them leave without eating anything. I go through this often, though we do not have any cereal at home & instead try to coax nuts, homemade “cruncies” of tosted nuts, oats, coconut without honey & greek yogurt. It is a challenge. Do I make bacon & eggs which are low carb but likely artery clogging? Or do I let them fast but risk them feeling hypoglycemic in school.
Fasting, many MDs believe, is excellent for your body. This would root for skipping breakfast. But for kids, it is likely a bit different.
What is the right answer?
Most schools offer buttery biscuits & sausage or bread and fruit juice. It seems like a lethal combination. Do we say: at least it is something and gives the child some energy or do we say fasting would be better?
Everyone can agree that a protein based breakfast for kids is likely best. But what protein? And how much saturated fat is ok for breakfast for adults versus kids? Greek yogurt is likely great, but most kids will hate this idea if not trained to like it at an early age. Nuts are likely best. Protein-rich cereals without a lot sugar may be a good compromise.
What do I do? I skip breakfast always. I do not think it makes me less sharp or tired. On the contrary, if I ever do have something with some carbs in the am, I sometimes feel a hypoglycemic crash a couple of hours later.
I suspect this is true for most kids as well.
This is what the kids eat most often for breakfast:
For a special treat or rarely, we get these cereals. They have a lot of Carbs but they are better than other options.