International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Breakfast and Beyond: The Dietary, Social and Practical Impacts of a Universal Free School Breakfast Scheme in the North West of England, UK

International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Volume 21, issue 3 (2014), pages 261-274

Authors: Pamela Louise Grahama, Riccardo Russob, John Blackledgec and Margaret Anne Defeytera
Affiliation: aDepartment of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom; bDepartment of Psychology, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom; cBlackpool Council, Blackpool, United Kingdom

ISSN: 0798-1759


Abstract

Breakfast is widely recognized as the most important meal of the day due to the numerous benefits associated with breakfast consumption including healthy weight maintenance and greater nutrient intake. In an effort to promote healthy breakfast habits, many schools provide breakfast to children before the start of the formal school day. At present, a government-supported scheme is being rolled out to increase the number of school breakfast clubs available to children across the UK; however, few research studies have investigated the impact of school breakfast provision within this country. The current study aimed to address this issue by gaging the views of parents, children and school staff on a universal free breakfast scheme in the North West of England, UK. Interviews revealed that school breakfast has the potential to influence outcomes beyond diet, including social relationships, punctuality and academic performance.

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