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Should We Eat Breakfast?   [778호]
Should We Eat Breakfast?0Introduction
You’ve probably heard people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is this true? A lot of us have busy lives, so it’s hard for many people to eat something substantial in the morning. Is it alright to skip breakfast, though?

Should We Eat Breakfast?3Constructive Debater 1 Henry
According to the Association of U.K. Dieticians, two out of three British adults eat breakfast regularly. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one out of four American adults tend to skip breakfast. These are alarming facts. Dietician Sarah Elder says, “The body uses a lot of energy for growth and repair through the night. Eating a balanced breakfast helps to up our energy as well as protein and calcium used throughout the night.” Basically, eating breakfast helps to break our overnight fast.

Should We Eat Breakfast?6Constructive Debater 2 Ashley
A lot of people believe that if you skip breakfast, you’ll binge and eat more than what is necessary later throughout the day. However, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who eat breakfast consume significantly more calories than those who skip it, and they end up weighing more. Specifically, those who skipped breakfast ate an average of 260 fewer calories a day. The researchers wrote, “Caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss, as it could have the opposite effect.”

Should We Eat Breakfast?9Rebuttal Debater 1 Henry
Eating breakfast fires up your metabolism and keeps you from overeating later in the day. Fredrik Karpe, a professor at Oxford, explains, “In order for other tissues to respond well to food intake, you need an initial trigger involving carbs responding to insulin. Breakfast is critical for this to happen.” Even the U.K’s National Health Service states, “Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that people who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.”

Should We Eat Breakfast?12Rebuttal Debater 2 Ashley
Well, in the study I mentioned, the participants who skipped breakfast were on average a pound lighter than those who did not. The study was conducted by health experts from Monash University. They examined 13 trials in high-income countries, including the U.K. The researchers wrote, “This study suggests that the addition of breakfast might not be a good strategy for weight loss, regardless of an established breakfast habit.” Despite what other studies say, this one says that eating breakfast makes you gain weight.

Should We Eat Breakfast?15Judge’s Comments
Henry wins this week’s debate. Ashley based her entire argument on just one study, and that’s never a good thing to do. Support your argument with several sources instead of going back to just one.

Chris Hong
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1. According to Sarah Elder, why does the body use a lot of energy during sleep?
2. Where was Ashley's one source of information originally published in?
3. According to Fredrik Karpe, what must happen for tissues to respond well to food intake?
1. Do you eat breakfast? If so, how often do you eat it?
2. Have you personally experienced benefits from eating breakfast?
3. Do you think Ashley could have won the debate if she had more than one source? 4. After reading Henry and Ashley's debate, who do you think had a more convincing argument?