It’s hard for working moms and dads to prepare healthy meals and get the family together for a sit down dinner, but it might be more important than you think.
Hiding the oreos and banning sodas isn’t enough! A new study shows that kids who eat a meal with their parents at least three times a week were 12 percent “less likely to be overweight!” But that’s not all, they are 20 percent less likely to eat junk food, and 35 percent less like to skip meals.
“Sitting down together as a family, there are nutritional benefits from that,” Amber Hammons, from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign tells the Daily Mail. “We also know that families that sit down together are less likely to eat high-calorie food. As a result, the researchers encourage families to spend more time together around the dinner table.”
But we know it’s difficult for parents to make this time, but it doesn’t have to be every day. It’s more important in the long run for their children’s well-being if parents can try to enforce this in their kids lives.
— Chloe Melas
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