Skip Breakfast, Jack Your Risk of a Heart Attack Study sees 27% greater chance By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 23, 2013 1:06 PM CDT 13 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Breakfast may or may not be for champions, but skipping breakfast is for people who want a greater risk of a heart attack, reports CBS News. A Harvard study tracked the habits of 27,000 men for 16 years, and found that those who did without a morning meal were more likely to have a heart attack later in life. Researchers extrapolated that into a 27% greater risk for the general population, saying the results should apply to women as well as men, reports USA Today. They didn't get into why that is, only that the correlation exists. "The short answer may be that skipping the early meal keeps your body in the stressful state of fasting for longer, which can disrupt your metabolism in considerable and, apparently, life-threatening, ways," writes Alice G. Walton at Forbes. Lots of questions remain, but the lead researcher sums it up simply: "Don't skip breakfast," he writes. And try it to make it a reasonably healthy one.