Want Your Family to Be Healthy? Eat Together

Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump

We already know that eating together has a lot of benefits, but now new research confirms it. According to TIME, about 40 percent of an average American family’s budget is spent on eating out, which can lead to poorer food choices (fattier and saltier foods that have high calories). Researchers at the Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, looked at 68 studies on obesity and eating behavior and found that families benefit from having meals together. Children who eat with their families consumed more fruits and veggies. Plus, it was found that teens who ate with their families were less likely to suffer from depression and felt more support from their parents.

Although researchers didn’t find an official link between family meals and obesity, kids who ate meals with their families had a lower body mass index. By spending more time at the dinner table, parents can teach their kids about healthy eating.

Does your family eat meals together? How do you make family meals a priority?