Family meals could protect teens from obesity in adulthood

October 15, 2014

By Catherine Griffin A simple, family meal each day may reduce the risk of obesity in teens. Scientists have found that family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood. In order to see whether family meals played a role in obesity reduction, the scientists used data from a 10-year longitudinal study. […]

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Parents may want to limit electronic media at mealtime

February 5, 2014

Parents who let their teens use electronic devices or watch TV during family meals tend to serve less nutritious food and have poorer family communication, a new study suggests. Experts have suggested turning the TV off at mealtime for years. But with the advent of cell phones and other handheld devices, kids can bring all kinds […]

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Dinner rituals that correlate with child and adult BMI

November 27, 2013

Beyond plate size and calorie count, the war against obesity may have a new leader – the dinner table. Families that eat together without the television on and stay seated until everyone’s finished have children with lower weights and body mass index (BMI), reports a Cornell behavioral economist in the October issue of Obesity. Strong, […]

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Changing up family routines can help kids shed pounds

September 17, 2013

There is more to combating obesity than ensuring that children eat healthy food. There are other factors that can increase children’s risk of obesity — and they can be addressed within a family. A recent study found that adjusting a couple household routines in low-income, racially diverse families could help reduce children’s weight. The most […]

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