2010 | Press Release
Professor Ryuta Kawashima studies a function of breakfast that activates the brain
A Field Survey of 400 university students and 500 company employees on breakfast
- A relation between having breakfast and a successful life -
Smart Aging International Research Center, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University (Director and Professor Ryuta Kawashima) has focused on breakfast that activates the brain, and studied the relation between the two. An online questionnaire survey on breakfast has been conducted for three days from November 14 though November 16, 2009. It was a field survey of 400 university students and 500 company employees who graduated from four-year colleges. A relation between having breakfast and daily lives including entrance examination results and successful businesses has been studied.
The results show that people who have breakfast possibly have a successful life such as passing an entrance examination, earning more money and enjoying productive days. Although people who have breakfast do not necessarily become a winner, it can be assumed that having breakfast helps keep regular hours and effectively use the morning period, which have a positive effect on current lives including college entrance examinations, job hunting and businesses.
A survey conducted by MEXT shows that elementary and junior high school students who do not have breakfast have poor school performances. Our research survey has verified that a group of children who dose not have breakfast or balanced meals has a poor brain function, or the brain dose not developed. It is clear that breakfast will determine our lives’ qualities. Making an effort to study or work is possible because it is easy to imagine that hard work will pay off and that anything dose not go well without efforts. Efforts produce a visible achievement. However, a lifestyle such as a diet and sleep is repeated everyday, and people rarely think about those effects. The results in this study show that having breakfast is an effort to reach a successful life.
Post-doctoral fellow Rui Nouchi
Post-doctoral fellow Yuka Kotozaki
Smart Aging International Research Center, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University