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Less Family Meals Being Eaten at Home

Drive Through Dinner: Families Eating Less Meals at Home Than Ever Before

Maybe Jamie Oliver needs to invade our homes, not our schools. Between shuttling tots between activities, managing our careers, and running our households, moms are busier than ever before and it's showing in how we feed our kids.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that more kids are eating foods prepared outside the home than ever before and this may be tied to the rise in tots' daily caloric intake. According to researchers, since 1994 parents have been feeding lil ones more store-prepared and fast foods than ever before, and they're not eating them in their own homes. In 1977, kids ate 23.4 percent of their calories outside their home, while in 2006 that number was closer to 34 percent.

Busy times call for meals that can be grabbed and consumed on the go. Tell the truth, how often does your family really eat a home-cooked meal at home?

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Natasha-Dantzig Natasha-Dantzig 5 years
Right now we eat all (home cooked) meals at home - but to be honest, part of the reason is because I have a very active toddler and eating anywhere else is just miserable. I do a lot of simple, bulk cooking - big soups and salads and cut up fruit.
Budderflie Budderflie 5 years
Man we have sit down at the table meals with our 2yr old 6 nights a week. Im also a stay at home mom and serve breakfast and lunch as a unit too (I run a home daycare and include all the kids in the family style sitting). Im able to monitor all the food my son eats as well as teach the kids how to prepare food with their "help". To be honest though, even before our son came my husband and I sat down for dinner 5+ nights a week even when I worked a full time job. Its always been important to me to have family sit downs. Sucks that no one has the time so much anymore but its really not that difficult either.
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