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Benefits of Eating as a Family

Did You Eat Together as a Family?

Think sitting down and sharing a meal as a family is just about a warm, fuzzy feeling? A new study by the journal Pediatrics says it may be much more than that. The study found that kids (aged 2 to 17) who shared at least three meals a week with their families were less likely to be overweight, eat junk food, or develop an eating disorder, and more likely to eat produce. I ate meals with my family more often than not as a kid, and these findings make perfect sense to me: family meals typically consisted of homemade pasta, grilled chicken, or turkey burgers, plus lots of fruits of veggies. Meals with friends, on the other hand, usually happened at In-N-Out! Did you sit down for family meals growing up? How did it affect your eating habits?

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bengalspice bengalspice 5 years
We ate dinners together ... and it usually resulted in my mom force feeding me food I didn't want. I actually started losing weight by NOT eating with the family when I visit. I feel like Bengali ppl always eat like they'll never see food again since so many of them from Bangladesh only had rice to subsist on.
spaa649 spaa649 5 years
We always ate as a family and still do most nights. It was a special occasion if we went to a friends house for dinner.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I did until I went to HS because I was in sports and got home later than when my parents ate dinner. But my mom always got a plate ready for me when I got home.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Always. Although it was never anything healthy when I was a kid. I'm definitely planning on having family meals with my future kids although they will be a lot healthier!
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I don't recall dinner time as a child, but as a teen that was a whole different story since both parents worked and they worked odd hours. Honestly I never been overweight and I make it a habit to eat fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
We always did! Even though my dad didn't/doesn't get off work until 730 or 8, my mom would give us a big snack in the afternoon so we could all eat dinner together when my dad got home. Mom really wanted us to know our dad, people used to get after her about keeping us up so late but she never budged.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
As a child, I always ate with my family. As a teen, it was only a couple times a week because everyone had so many after school activities. But even now, whenever I'm at my parents house, we have family dinner. We normally discuss what we will be eating at our next meal!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Since I had dance classes from 5-9:30 I would eat dinner at 3:00 when I got home. My parents didn't love that we didn't eat together but there wasn't much of a choice.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
"more likely to eat produce"...what produce?? it's super important to eat as a family, or to just be together at mealtimes. i hate eating after 7.30 pm, so whenever i'm with family i will have my dinner early at the table and rejoin everybody later on for the big dinner to enjoy the company
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