Healthy Eating Habits Start in the Home Says New Study
A new study shows that sitting down to eat a meal together as a family encourages children to eat healthier.
The study asked the parents and teachers of 2,400 primary school students in South London to fill out a food diary for a day. Researchers also asked parents questions like “how many nights a week does your family eat at a table,” or “do you cut up fruit and vegetables for your child to eat?”
Results showed that children from families that always had their meals together at the table ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. In comparison, children from families that never ate together as a family only ate 3.3 portions of fruit and vegetables.
It is a well-established fact that childhood eating habits continue into adulthood. While many people have tried to fight the growing obesity epidemic by encouraging schools to provide healthier food, this study suggests that teaching children to eat healthier should start in the home.
“Modern life often prevents the whole family from sitting round the dinner table, but this research shows that even just Sunday lunch round the table can help improve the diets of our families,” said the lead researcher of the study.
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- A new study shows that sitting down to eat a meal together as a family encourages children to eat healthier.
- The study asked the parents and teachers of 2400 primary school students in South London to fill out a food diary for a day.
- Result showed that children from families that always had their, meals together at the table ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetable a day.
- It is a well-established fact that childhood eating habits continue into adulthood.
1. How often do you have a meal with your family per week?
2. Do you cook often with your parents?
3. What would you like to cook for your family? and why?
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