A new study revealed that teenagers and young adults who eat meals with family are way more healthier than those who go solo. Family meals really do improve teenagers’ diets and put them on a path to healthy eating in later life. The researchers found that when families sit down together, adolescents and young adults eat more fruits and veggies and consume fewer fast-food.
“Our research found that family dinners are a great way to improve the dietary intake of the whole family, regardless of how well the family functions together,” said a Toronto based lead researcher Kathryn Walton, a post-doctoral researcher at Sick Kids Hospital in Canada.
He also added;
“It’s a time when families can slow down from their busy days to talk, spend time together and to solve problems. It’s also a time that parents can model healthful eating behaviors,”.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that preparing and enjoying a meal together can also help families bond and the meal does not have to be a big drawn-out affair.
Walton said many teenaged and young adults living at home are busy with evening extracurricular activities or part-time jobs, making it hard to find time for dinner with family members. But finding that time once a day -- even if it’s breakfast together -- can be just as effective, the researcher said.
Another study by Jess Hains reported;
“Even if it’s something you pull out of the freezer, add a bagged salad on the side and you’ll have a decent nutritional meal,” said Jess Haines, Professor from the University of Guelph in Canada. For the study, the team looked at more than 2,700 participants, 14 to 24 years of age.
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