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What Americans eat for breakfast

Last reviewed: November 2011
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We asked 1,234 U.S. residents 21 and older what they ate for breakfast on one weekday morning. (They could name any of more than two dozen options.) Here's what we found:

  • Twenty-two percent had skipped breakfast.
  • Older respondents were more likely to have eaten breakfast (93 percent of people 75 or older; 72 percent of those younger than 30).
  • People whose breakfast came from home were more likely to have a lower body mass index (under 25) than those who had eaten food from elsewhere.
  • Men were more likely than women to have eaten breakfast meat; women were more likely than men to have eaten yogurt.

Some specifics about the breakfast eaters:

American breakfasts by the numbers

These findings are from a nationally representative telephone poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center from Nov. 8-10, 2010, using random digit dialing.