a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 618.2

Guest: Dr. Suzanne Oparil, Director, Vascular biology and hypertension, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Past President, American Heart Association

Topic: Eating a good breakfast

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Which meal can we most afford to miss? Which should we never miss? If you opted to skip or cut back on supper, and prioritize for a good breakfast, you're exactly right. Dr. Suzanne Oparil is a past president of the American Heart Association...

OPARIL: Yes, I think this is very concerning...that so few people eat breakfast, and if they do eat breakfast, they don't necessarily eat very healthy things - they eat sort or high fat, high calorie stuff. And it's very concerning to me that Americans are getting a lot fatter. The percent of people in the United States that are greater than 20% above ideal weight has gone from 25% 15 years ago, to about 33% in 1994. So that's a huge increase. Sedentary lifestyle, and bad nutrition. Too much food, too many calories and there's evidence that if you eat all your food all at once...a lot of people really only eat one major meal - at night, and that's the worst time. Eating a lot and then going to bed, you tend to put on fat.

NEMA: Create a habit that will help keep your energy level consistent, and increase your overall health. Eat a good breakfast each day. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.