Skipping Meals Could Literally Kill You in the Long Run, New Study Suggests

Skipping Meals Could Literally Kill You in the Long Run, New Study Suggests

Have you ever felt like you’re constantly on a diet, always counting calories and skipping meals? Well, nutritionists generally know that skipping meals is about as effective as trying to climb Mount Everest in flip flops. Sure, it might seem like a good idea at first, but in reality, it’s a recipe for disaster.

When you skip a meal, your body goes into starvation mode and starts to conserve energy. This means that your metabolism slows down, and your body starts to hold onto fat. Not to mention, skipping meals can lead to intense cravings and overeating later on. It’s like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

But a new study now comes to tell us that skipping meals can be even more dangerous than researchers previously thought.

A higher risk of dying because of skipping meals

A new study has found that skipping meals, particularly breakfast, may increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. The study of 24,011 US adults over 40 found that only eating once a day was linked to a higher risk of dying in general. The study also found that eating two adjacent meals within 4.5 hours of each other also increased the risk of all-cause death.

Yangbo Sun, an epidemiologist from the University of Tennessee, explained:

Our research revealed that individuals eating only one meal a day are more likely to die than those who had more daily meals,

Based on these findings, we recommend eating at least two to three meals spread throughout the day.

The same study indicates that people of specific groups were more likely to skip their meals, such as those from a lower family income or with less education.

The new study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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