Culture Post: Family Meals Lead To Healthier Eating, Strengthen Bond Between Parents & Kids

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

A meal is one of the best ways to bring people together, and that may be especially true for families with young children. A new study conducted by a University of Delaware-led research team shows that dining together as a family leads to better dietary practices and a stronger bond between parents and children.

This study is not exactly a new study, but a review of other peer-reviewed studies on the topic of family meals. These analyses reveal that more frequent family meals lead to more fruit and vegetable consumption and overall healthy eating, along with a positive increase in measures of family functioning. These measures include family connectedness, communication with parents, and family cohesion.

“This study employed a comprehensive approach to explore the direction and magnitude of the relationship between exposure to family meals and dietary and family functioning outcomes in children,” says lead author Dr. Shannon M. Robson, and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at Delaware, in a media release.

The meta-analysis shows that eating together as a family also has a slightly positive outcome with regards to sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks. However, the analysis is inconclusive regarding other “unhealthy” foods like snack foods, fast-food and desserts.

The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Source: StudyFinds
https://www.studyfinds.org/family-meals-lead-to-healthier-eating-strengthen-bond-between-parents-kids/

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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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