A study in the journal Pediatrics finds that children and adolescents who share meals with their families at least three times per week are less likely to be overweight, eat unhealthy foods or be at risk for eating disorders. Three times a week isn’t much. It doesn’t have to be dinner. What about breakfast or lunch? If you make it a priority and fit your family’s lifestyle and schedule there are big benefits.
The researchers found that three or more family meals per week were associated with a 12% reduction in the odds for being overweight, a 20% drop in the odds of eating unhealthy foods regularly and a 35% reduction in disordered eating- including purging, the use of diet pills, skipping meals or the use of smoking cigarettes as a way to control weight.
Not too hard right? Read the whole story here. And please blog here to share how you and your family make time to eat meals togehter.