Five reasons family meals should be a family resolution
Posted on Jan 07, 2015 by Maggie LaBarbera
In my last post, I advocated for family mealtime as a great New Years family resolution. but if you need some more convincing here are some reasons why eating as a family may the key to a healthier child.
First of all, we are moving in the right direction! So congrats to all the families out there who have made family mealtime a goal.
59% of families report eating dinner together at least five times a week—an increase from only 47% in 1998
But want to see some proof in the "pudding". Here are some studies that show why you want to make family mealtime your key family health goal:
9- to 14-year-olds who ate dinner with their families most frequently ate more fruits and vegetables and less soda and fried foods
After a busy day, spending time around the table together as a family has been shown to reduce stress. (a study from Brigham Young University)
You can introduce new vegetables and with increased exposures, your child may be willing to eat these new foods i.e. vegetables. (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003)
Eating at home allows you to teach children to control their portion sizes. The average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal.
Eating together as a family may actually help children do better in school! (Purdue University Center for Family' Promoting Meals Project)
Nourish Thought for the Day:
The benefits of family time is immeasurable.