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KAIXIN TONG

I’m Kaixin Tong, a senior at Edmund Burke school. Inspired by the research on the impact of online narratives on the teenager eating disorder initiatives and what content generates the most interest on eating disorder topics, I foundered the “breakfast table” in my high school.

 

I initiated the idea and drafted a proposal to the G-12 dean and was approved fund by the school administration team. During the project, I’ve launched and planed 6 themes including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water.

 

Meanwhile, I distributed materials educating essential breakfast nutrition to students school-wide. In the future, I hope to further my interest in nutrition and help more people have a balanced diet.

Why Breakfast?

Breakfast provides 20-35% of total daily energy (Ren et al, 2020)

Consumption is especially important for adolescents (age 13-20)

for adequate nutrition and body growth (Corkins et al, 2016)

Increasing breakfast consumption can have a positive effect on student’s GPA, especially for students from low resource rural areas (Hearst et al, 2019)

WHAT IS THE REALITY?

  • 27.4% to 62.2% adolescents in 31 countries regularly skips breakfast (Lazzeri et al, 2016)

  • 44% of teenagers skipped both breakfast and a meal at school in Poland (Wadolowska et al, 2019)

IF YOU SKIP BREAKFAST...

  • Study shows that breakfast-consuming students tend to have better health-related quality of life and are less sensitive to stress or depression (Ferrer-Cascales et al, 2018)

  • Eating breakfast has positive short-term effects on cognitive functioning and self-reported alertness among high school students (Widenhorn-Muller et al, 2008)

  • Skipping breakfast is directly associated with depressive symptoms among college students (Ren et al, 2020)

  • Skipping breakfast or other meals can be a sign for food insufficiency, in which the adolescent and their families are unable to afford enough food to ensure basic nutrition needs, or they do not have adequate food resources around them (Weinreb et al, 2002)

A cross-sectional study in South Korea has linked the breakfast-skipping behavior with smartphone addiction among high schoolers. Students who skipped breakfast spent more time using a smartphone on weekdays and had higher score on the Korean smartphone addiction scale (Lee et al, 2020)

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