Eat With Your Kids for Their Well-Being

   |  Updated: August 20, 2014 19:05 IST

Eat With Your Kids for Their Well-Being
Do not skip that family time with your kids, suggests a new study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University. According to the research, eating together with your kids can have significant effects on their growth. It promotes healthier eating behaviour and even better exercise habits.

Breakfast and dinner are the two most crucial meals of the day. It is important to sit together, let your child observe your eating pattern while you share some family moments with them and get to monitor their nutritional intake as well. Meals at home helped to control portion sizes and kept a check on junk food snacking later in the day.

The researchers carried out their analysis by studying the data of 16,991 American adolescents. According to the senior researcher Molly Martin, "The schedule of work that parents follow affects their adolescent children's eating habits and could even be more important than the number of hours parents spend at work,"

"Regular meals at home can help children and adolescents avoid weight problems," said Martin. Fathers' availability significantly predicted whether or not children played sports, exercised or ate healthy.

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The findings were recently shared at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
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