Eating Breakfast with Parents Tied to Better Body Image for Kids

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Psych Central.

A new study has found that consistently eating breakfast as a family might promote positive body image for children and adolescents.

“We know that developing healthy behaviors in adolescence, such as eating breakfast every day and eating family meals, can have long-term effects into adulthood,” said Dr. Virginia Ramseyer Winter, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and director of the University of Missouri Center for Body Image Research and Policy.

“Children and adolescents are under a lot of pressure from social media and pop culture when it comes to physical appearance. Having a healthy relationship with food from eating breakfast and spending meal time with family might have a significant impact on well-being.”

For the new study, researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 students in more than 300 schools in all 50 states and Washington D.C. They looked at data related to eating behaviors, including frequency of eating breakfast and eating meals with a parent.

The researchers found that eating breakfast during the week more frequently was associated with positive body image.

Just over half of the students reported eating breakfast five days a week, while nearly 17 percent reported never eating breakfast. More than 30 percent reported eating breakfast fewer than five times a week. The researchers also found that boys were more likely to eat breakfast than girls.

Additionally, the researchers found that children were much more likely to have a positive body image if they regularly ate breakfast with a parent.

The study was published in Social Work in Public Health.

Source: PsychCentral
https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/03/24/eating-breakfast-with-parents-tied-to-better-body-image-for-kids/143999.html

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has over 35 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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