Can Family Meals Fight Fat?

October 6, 2014 Edited by  
Filed under Consumer awareness, Dietary Patterns, Weight management


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


One Response to “Can Family Meals Fight Fat?”
  1. Robin says:

    Families can have fat free or low in fat meals. If you use bake chicken or fish, sprinkle with a salt free seasoning. Boil your broccoli and add a table spoon of garlic oil for flavor. Prepare some couscous that is 176 calories for 1 cup and add green onions for flavor!