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Effects of eating breakfast and school breakfast programmes on children and adolescents: a systematic review
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Health Care Analysis. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Health Care Analysis. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Health Care Analysis. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day. The regularity of wholesome, daily meal patterns comprised of healthy foods is important for the physical and mental development of children and adolescents. One way to make sure that children and adolescents eat breakfast on a regular basis is to serve it at school. Several published reviews have examined the effects of eating breakfast and studied effects of school breakfast programmes on children and adolescents. Informed decisions of whether to promote eating breakfast or to introduce a school breakfast programme require a broader perspective.

The aim was to conduct a systematic review of scientific publications that study the effects potentially relevant for economic evaluations of eating breakfast or implementing school breakfast programmes for children and adolescents.

Method: In the systematic literature review, studies were identified by searching the electronic databases PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science and PsycINFO from January 2000 through October 2017. The following inclusion criteria guided the selection of the identified studies: published articles from peer-reviewed journals with full text in English, studies collecting primary data, quantitative studies, studies performed in countries comparable to Sweden in terms of access and quality of nutrients, economic and social conditions and publications studying at least one of the topics; academic achievement, quality of life and wellbeing, risk factors/morbidity or cognitive performance.

Results: Twenty-six studies on eating breakfast and eleven studies on school breakfast programmes fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were judged to be of at least moderate quality were included in the analysis. The results of the review of studies on eating breakfast showed positive and conclusive effects on cognitive performance, academic achievement, quality of life, well-being and risk factors/morbidity. This indicates that eating breakfast is important. The results of the studies on school breakfast varied. Minor positive effects were seen on cognitive performance and academic achievement. Most studies showed no effects and all studies suffered from different methodological weaknesses.

Conclusions: The overall assessment of the studies on eating breakfast indicated positive effects. The studies on school breakfast programmes showed minor positive effects, but the majority of the studies showed no effects and all studies suffered from different methodological weaknesses. In order to assess the cost-effectiveness of eating breakfast and of school breakfast programmes we need to know more about how the identified affects influence the societal cost and the individuals gain in quality-adjusted life years both in the short and the long term.

Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Frukost beskrivs ofta som dagens viktigaste måltid och flera studier har visat att kostintag har en positiv effekt på barn och ungdomars såväl fysiska som mentala utveckling. Ett sätt att öka barn och ungdomars frukostintag är att servera frukost på skoltid. Idag finns flera publicerade översiktsatiklar som har granskat effekterna av att äta frukost såväl som effekterna av skolfrukostprogram. För att kunna fatta ett beslut om huruvida man ska lägga resurser på att främja frukostätand eller servera frukost på skoltid krävs dock ytterligare information.

Syftet med rapporten är att systematiskt granska de vetenskapliga publikationer som studerar effekter av att äta frukost eller effekter av implementering av skolfrukostprogram potentiellt relevanta att inkludera i en ekonomisk utvärdering.

Metod: En systematisk litteratursökning genomfördes. Studierna identifierades genom att söka de elektroniska databaserna PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science och PsycINFO från januari 2000 till oktober 2017. De inklusionskriterier som tillämpades var: artiklar på engelska publicerade i granskade tidskrifter, artiklar som presenterar primärdata, kvantitativa studier, studier jämförbara med Sverige gällande näringsintag, ekonomiska och sociala förhållanden samt publikationer som studerar minst ett av ämnena; akademisk prestation, livskvalitet och välbefinnande, riskfaktorer/morbiditet eller kognitiv prestanda.

Resultat: Tjugosex artiklar som studerade effekter av att äta frukost samt elva studier som studerade effekter av skolfrukostprogram uppfyllde de uppsatta inklusionskriterierna och bedömdes vara av minst måttlig kvalitet inkluderades i analysen. Studierna som studerade effekter av att äta frukost var samstämmiga. De visade att frukostätande hade positiva effekter på kognitiv prestanda, akademisk prestation, livskvalitet och välbefinnande samt på morbida riskfaktorer. Artiklar som studerade effekter av skolfrukostprogram visade på varierande resultat. Ett fåtal studier fann att skolfrukostprogram hade positiva effekter på kognitiv prestanda och akademisk prestation men majoriteten av studierna kunde inte påvisa några effekter. Flertalet av studierna var dock behäftade med metodologiska svagheter.

Slutsats: Äta frukost har överlag positiva effekter på de studerade utfallsmåtten. Skolfrukostprogram har små till måttliga effekter på de studerade utfallsmåtten. Majoriteten av studierna som undersökte skolfrukostprogram visade dock inga effekter och alla studier var behäftade med metodologiska svagheter. För att kunna bedöma kostnadseffektiviteten av att äta frukost och skolfrukostprogram, behöver vi mer kunskap om hur de identifierade effekterna påverkar samhällets kostnader och en individs livskvalitet och levnadsår, på såväl kort som lång sikt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018. , p. 47
Series
CMT Report, ISSN 0283-1228, E-ISSN 1653-7556 ; 2018:2
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150621ISRN: LIU CMT RA/1802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150621DiVA, id: diva2:1243060
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-08-30Bibliographically approved

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