Long-term weight loss and breakfast in subjects in the National Weight Control Registry

Obes Res. 2002 Feb;10(2):78-82. doi: 10.1038/oby.2002.13.


Objective: To examine breakfast consumption in subjects maintaining a weight loss in the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).

Research methods and procedures: A cross-sectional study in which 2959 subjects in the NWCR completed demographic and weight history questionnaires as well as questions about their current breakfast consumption. All subjects had maintained a weight loss of at least 13.6 kg (30 lb) for at least 1 year; on average these subjects had lost 32 kg and kept it off for 6 years.

Results: A large proportion of NWCR subjects (2313 or 78%) reported regularly eating breakfast every day of the week. Only 114 subjects (4%) reported never eating breakfast. There was no difference in reported energy intake between breakfast eaters and non-eaters, but breakfast eaters reported slightly more physical activity than non-breakfast eaters (p = 0.05).

Discussion: Eating breakfast is a characteristic common to successful weight loss maintainers and may be a factor in their success.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet
  • Edible Grain
  • Energy Intake
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Food*
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Registries
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Weight Loss*