The UK's Dairy Council has responded to a survey conducted by researchers from Helsinki University, which found that starting the day without food was associated with unhealthy lifestyles.
"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet many skip it because they're too busy or think it will help them to lose weight," said the Dairy Council's chief executive Jill Eisberg.
"Research shows that eating breakfast is linked to healthier lifestyles, improved academic performance and better weight control. Milk and yogurt are obvious breakfast choices and are versatile to fit around any busy routine."
The scientists questioned 5,500 teenagers and their parents on whether they ate breakfast, and discovered that adults and teenagers who skip the meal are less likely to look after their health. It is thought that busy lifestyles are to blame for why some people skip breakfast in the morning, despite the fact that most nutritionists agree that a balanced breakfast is the best start to the day.
The study by Dr Keski-Rahkonen, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adds to a growing body of research, which suggests that the obese are less likely to consume breakfast 2,3 and that breakfast consumption has been linked with lower body weights.
In addition, some experts believe that diets rich in calcium, especially from dairy products, may actually help with weight control. It seems that an increased consumption of calcium may influence the way that fat cells work, encouraging trunk fat in particular to be burnt rather than stored.