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Have a Hearty Breakfast in Teens

Metabolic syndrome is a collective term for factors that are linked to an increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disorders

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Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, goes an adage.

Now, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden have put their stamp on this, claiming that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts in youth displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later.

The study shows that the young people who neglected to eat breakfast or ate a poor breakfast had a 68 percent higher incidence of metabolic syndrome as adults.

This conclusion was drawn after taking into account socio-economic factors and other lifestyle habits of the adolescents in question.

In 1981, the study asked students completing year nine of their schooling to answer questions about what they ate for breakfast.

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Twenty-seven years later, the respondents underwent a health check where the presence of metabolic syndrome and its various subcomponents was investigated.

“Our results suggest that a poor breakfast can have a negative effect on blood sugar regulation,” said Maria Wennberg, the study’s main author.

Abdominal obesity and high levels of fasting blood glucose levels could be most clearly linked with poor breakfast in youth, said the study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.

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Metabolic syndrome is a collective term for factors that are linked to an increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disorders.

Metabolic syndrome encompasses abdominal obesity, high levels of harmful triglycerides, low levels of protective HDL (High Density Lipoprotein), high blood pressure and high fasting blood glucose levels. (IANS)

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American Teens Prefer Communicating Over Text to Face-to-Face Meetings, says Study

The study was conducted online among American with a sample of 1,141 young people ages 13 to 17, from March 22 to April 10

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Texting can lead to strain and injury, otherwise known as text neck. Here contestants compete in a texting championship in New York, Aug. 8, 2012. (VOA)

American teenagers are starting to prefer communicating via text instead of meeting face-to-face, according to a study published Monday by the independent organization Common Sense Media.

Some 35 percent of kids aged 13 to 17 years old said they would rather send a text than meet up with people, which received 32 percent.

The last time the media and technology-focused nonprofit conducted such a survey in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49 percent, far ahead of texting’s 33 percent.

More than two-thirds of American teens choose remote communication — including texting, social media, video conversation and phone conversation — when they can, according to the study.

In 2012 less than half of them marked a similar preference.

Notably, in the six-year span between the two studies the proportion of 13- to 17-year-olds with their own smartphone increased from 41 to 89 percent.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, Sept. 22, 2017. (VOA)

As for social networks, 81 percent of respondents said online exchange is part of their lives, with 32 percent calling it “extremely” or “very” important.

The most-used platform for this age group is Snapchat (63 percent), followed by Instagram (61 percent) and Facebook (43 percent).

Some 54 percent of the teens who use social networks said it steals attention away from those in their physical presence.

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Two-fifths of them said time spent on social media prevents them from spending more time with friends in person.

The study was conducted online among American with a sample of 1,141 young people ages 13 to 17, from March 22 to April 10. (VOA)