Children start the day with crisps
Tuesday 1st October 2013, 12:11AM BST.
Teenagers are skipping traditional breakfasts and are instead gorging on snacks including crisps, chocolate and energy drinks, a poll suggests.
Around one in seven youngsters aged 12 to 18 start their day with a bag of crisps and 14% eat chocolate bars and sweets first thing in the morning.
And 5% of teens replace their morning meal with an energy drink, according to a poll commissioned on behalf of the Make Mine Milk campaign and the charity BeatBullying.
Two in every five of the 2,000 UK teens questioned admitted skipping breakfast altogether.
The Make Mine Milk campaign said breakfast clubs in schools should be “standard practice” across the country so children can fil l up on nutritious food before starting their day.
Supporting the campaign, Ba roness Grey-Thompson said: “As a former athlete and mum to an 11-year-old daughter, I know just how important a healthy diet is. You are what you eat and that all starts every morning with a well-balanced breakfast.
“I’ve seen some schools successfully set up breakfast clubs to help combat the problem of teenagers not eating properly. It would be great if this could be standard practice across the country.”