Analysis rejects claims that breakfast affects weight loss

09/12/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Whether a person eats breakfast has little or no effect on weight gain or total daily calorie consumption, according to a report in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that analyzed the few rigorous studies that have tackled the issue. Dr. David Allison at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said these studies have been overshadowed by observational studies that find associations between breakfast and obesity but fail to show cause and effect. "We're doing studies that have little or no value. We're wasting time, intellect and resources, and we're convincing people of things without actually generating evidence," Allison said.

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