As we're approaching the 70% obesity rate in the nation mark, we need to look at healthier alternatives that we must implement NOW so we can pass along to our offspring and future generations. In my opinion, it all begins with a well-balanced breakfast. You'd be surprised how a majority of Americans make the decision to skip breakfast altogether, which is starting to have a negative impact on your health. Ignoring breakfast on a consistent basis has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, overweightness, or a mixture of the 3.
According to a 2013 study by Harvard where they studied about 27,000 men who were all health care professionals were studied by their lifestyle habits (i.e. skipping breakfast) and their health outcomes of the last 16 years. Men who skipped breakfast (from this group) were 27% more likely to have a heart attack or die of coronary artery disease (CAD). Of these numbers the men were single, smokers, employed full time, drank more alcohol, and were likely to not be involved in a consistent workout regimen.
This style of "prolonged fasting" may lead to an increase of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings, as well as an increase in your triglycerides and LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Once skipping breakfast your body has entered in a high starvation mode (consider not eating for about 8 hours while you're sleeping), which will result in a higher craving for a high portioned, "heavier" lunch.
This has also been linked to a lower metabolism rate, which means it'll be much harder for the body to burn fat but instead burning muscle due to the prolonged fasting and no source of fuel from food.