FAM­ILY DIN­NERS CAN PRO­MOTE HEALTHY

EAT­ING HABITS IN TEENAGERS

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A new study has re­vealed that when fam­i­lies sit down to­gether, ado­les­cents and young adults eat more fruits and veg­gies and con­sume fewer fast food.

“Our re­search found that fam­ily din­ners are a great way to im­prove the di­etary in­take of the whole fam­ily, re­gard­less of how well the fam­ily func­tions to­gether,” said lead re­searcher Kathryn Wal­ton, post-doc­toral re­searcher at Sick Kids Hospi­tal in Toronto, Canada.

“It’s a time when fam­i­lies can slow down from their busy days to talk, spend time to­gether and prob­lem-solve. It’s also a time that par­ents can model health­ful eat­ing be­hav­iours,” Wal­ton added. The study found that pre­par­ing and en­joy­ing a meal to­gether can also help fam­i­lies bond and the meal does not have to be a big drawn-out af­fair. Wal­ton said many teenaged and young adults liv­ing at home are busy with evening ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties or part-time jobs. But in­d­ing that time once a day — even if it’s break­fast to­gether — can be just as ef­fec­tive, the re­searcher said.

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