Breakfast and fast food consumption are associated with selected biomarkers in adolescents

Kara L. Marlatt, Kian Farbakhsh, Donald R Dengel, Leslie A. Lytle

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Objective: Skipping breakfast and consuming fast food are related to the risk of obesity and are common adolescent behaviors. The relationship between these behaviors and biomarkers related to diabetes and CVD is understudied in this population. Methods: Data are from a study of the etiologic factors related to obesity risk in adolescents. Breakfast and fast food consumption were assessed using a self-report survey. Anthropometrics, fasting lipids, glucose, insulin, and homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) were assessed. Multivariate analyses were used to examine the relationship between dietary behaviors and selected biomarkers, controlling for calories consumed, body mass index (BMI), and demographic covariates. Results: 367 adolescents (11 to 18-years; mean 14.7 ± 1.8 years) were assessed at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities from 2006-2008. Breakfast consumption was significantly associated with lower BMI, body fat, insulin, HOMA-IR, and metabolic syndrome (MetS) cluster score, while fast food consumption was associated with higher BMI, body fat, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, insulin, HOMA-IR, and MetS cluster score. Some gender differences were observed. Conclusion: Breakfast and fast food consumption appear to be related to important metabolic syndrome biomarkers for chronic disease in a sample of healthy adolescents. The importance of this finding needs to be validated by examining the stability of this pattern over time and to assess the pattern in other populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive Medicine Reports
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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Funding Information:
Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Initiative (Grant # 1U54CA116849-01 ), National Cancer Institute and Etiology of Childhood Obesity (ECHO) funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Grant # R01HL085978 ).


  • Children
  • Dietary Behavior
  • Risk Factors
  • Youth

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