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The influence of the glycaemic load of breakfast on the behaviour of children in school / David Benton; Alys Maconie; Claire Williams

Physiology & Behavior, Volume: 92, Issue: 4, Pages: 717 - 724

Swansea University Author: Williams, Claire

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<p>The impact of breakfasts of different glycaemic loads on the performance of nineteen children, aged six to seven years, was explored. Over a four week period, children attended a school breakfast club each day and ate one of three meals. Each meal offered a similar amount of energy but diff...

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Published in: Physiology & Behavior
ISSN: 0031-9384
Published: Elsevier 2007
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa6747
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Abstract: <p>The impact of breakfasts of different glycaemic loads on the performance of nineteen children, aged six to seven years, was explored. Over a four week period, children attended a school breakfast club each day and ate one of three meals. Each meal offered a similar amount of energy but differed in their glycaemic load. When working individually, the behaviour of a child was rated in the classroom every ten seconds for 30 min to produce a measure of time spent on task. Memory was assessed by asking for the recall of a series of objects. The ability to sustain attention was measured by asking for a response after various delays. The incidence of negative behaviour was recorded when playing a video game that was too difficult to allow success. Two to three hours after a low glycaemic load breakfast had been consumed, performance on the tests of memory and the ability to sustain attention were better, fewer signs of frustration were displayed and initially more time was spent on task when working individually in class. The importance of the results was discussed in the context of the wide range of factors that influence behaviour in school.</p>
Keywords: Attention, Breakfast, Glycaemic Load, memory, School
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 4
Start Page: 717
End Page: 724