FAMILY DINNERS CAN PROMOTE HEALTHY
EATING HABITS IN TEENAGERS
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.