Breakfast is themost important meal due to its association with positive outcomes. In addition,breakfast is crucial for attention, energy for the day, focuses, avoidingfatigue. For example, in this study, a group of children with differenteconomic status were examined to see the effect of breakfast skipping on theiracademic performance; some of them were given breakfast and some were not.
Children who regularly ate breakfast show positive outcomes on their schoolperformance 1. Many studies revealed that breakfast is crucial in preventionof many chronic diseases such as heart failure, cancer, diabetes type 1, andbone weakness 2. Skippingbreakfast is associated with great decrease on student’s grades, attentionwithin lectures, and fatigue. Moreover, skipping breakfast cam impactpsychologic function (including memory), students’ attendance, psychosocialfunction, and mood swings in many age categories among males and females 2.Furthermore, a study in the University of Ghana Medical School confirmed thatlack of breakfast could lead to fatigue and lack of attention among theclinical students. Although, there was no evidence that the students skippedbreakfast the whole working days (Monday to Friday). Overall, approximately78.
5% (128/163) of the clinical students felt tired or very tired withoutbreakfast. On the other hand, about 83% (135/163) felt slightly tired or nottired at all when they had no breakfast 3.Although we knowthat breakfast skipping is harmful, what is the main reason for it? In ourresearch, we will focus on stress whether it causes skipping breakfast or not.
stressis a condition of mental or emotional strain that results from many reasonssuch as peer pressure, academic life, social problems. A survey was conductedin Faculty of Medicine, King Faisal University in Alahsaa, Saudi Arabia, among244 medical students reported high levels of stress. The common factor thatcontributes to this increased level of stress was academic demands. Studiesshowed that the levels of stress increased in medical students and worsen overthe years of medical school. As a result, this can lead to many psychologicaland social problems such as substance abuse, suicide, family problems. Inthis research, a cross- sectional questionnaire will be conducted to detect theassociation between stress and breakfast skipping among health care students ofKing Saud University for Health Sciences.
The students will be survived arefrom each college including preparatory college, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry,and applied medical sciences.