nytimes.com: How to Have Better Family Meals


Decades of research have shown that children who regularly eat dinner with their families at home do better on a number of health measures. When kids eat with their parents, they are more likely to have:

  • More fruits and vegetables and drink less soda.
  • Lower rates of obesity as both children and adults.
  • Higher self-esteem and a more positive outlook.      
  • Lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school behavioral problems and depression.
  • Better body image and fewer eating disorders.
  • Better grades, higher reading scores and better vocabulary.


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