Could eating with your family help fend off fat? A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics posits that “A Family Meal a Day May Keep Obesity Away”.
Researchers from The University of Minnesota and Columbia University looked at more than 2,200 subjects studied over a 10-year period of time. The study found that all levels of eating meals together, even as little as 1-2 times per week, were linked to lower rates of obesity among family members.
So what is it about eating together that reduces risk of obesity? Experts suggest that the benefits of family meals may come from:
- Emotional connections between family members
- Opportunities for healthy role modeling by parents
- The fact that food tends to be healthier if homemade than prepared outside of the home
To learn more about the importance of family meals check out The Family Dinner Project at www.thefamilydinnerproject.org.