|Originally posted by Lira |
It's just because I've never heard that here. Actually, I didn't have eat breakfast (apart from the occasional glass of milk) until my dietician told me I was probably being too Brazilian regarding my eating habits. But first, let's talk about yours...
I'm just guessing here, but I reckon this may be related to the industrial revolution in England where you needed to eat as much as you could before you went to work. It's always a bit of a cultural shock for us here in South America (or in Brazil, at least) when we hear in American sitcoms people saying that "the breakfast is the most important meal of the day" or something of that sort.
Here we think that lunch is the most important meal of the day and it's the meal that gets the most attention. After all, that's when we indulge our gluttony. I go back to my parents' house every Sunday so I can have lunch with them - and if I fail to show up, drama ensues. Though I hate this sort of parallel, there's a reason why breakfast here is just called "Morning Coffee" - you drink some coffee and away you go, you're well rested anyway. And there's this odd belief that if you eat at night, you get fat
(By the way, in case you're wondering, I'm a dinner person... oh, Lira, ever the nonconformist )
I'm not so sure I'd attribute it to the industrial revolution, but, yes, you've got the general idea.
Breakfast has always been the biggest meal of the day for me. If I miss lunch it's not the end of the world, but if I don't have time for a pretty big breakfast, I'm pretty much useless by about 10 AM. When I was playing sports full-time I'd eat about 2-3,000 calories worth of food for breakfast everyday (intentionally).