Navigation Links
Families That Eat Together Serve Up Good Dietary Habits

Kids make smarter food choices later on, study finds

FRIDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-term study says that kids in families that have at least five meals together a week tend to practice good eating habits.

University of Minnesota researchers reported that adolescents who eat these so-called "regular family meals" had more healthful diets, meaning they consumed more vegetables, calcium-rich food, dietary fiber and essential nutrients.

For the study, the eating habits of 677 youths were assessed through questionnaires they filled in during their pre- and early teen years and again five years later. The results were published in the March/April issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

"Findings from the current analysis, in conjunction with similar findings from a longitudinal analysis of older adolescents transitioning to young adulthood, strongly suggest that regular family meals have long-term nutritional benefits," researcher and dietitian Teri L. Burgess-Champoux of the university's school of public health, said in a news release issued by the journal publisher. "The importance of incorporating shared mealtime experiences on a consistent basis during this key developmental period should be emphasized to parents, health-care providers and educators."

In the five years between filling out the questionnaires, the number of regular family meals the kids ate fell from 60 percent of their meals when they were age 12 or 13 to about 30 percent when they were 17 or 18. Good dietary habits were associated with kids having these regular family meals at times of measurement. Those who ate regular family meals at both points of their life had a better diet quality, on average, but they did not necessarily consume recommended levels of healthy dietary staples, such as fruit, vegetables or whole grains, during the entire five-year span.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about family meals.

-- Kevin McKeever

SOURCE: Elsevier, news release, March 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Practice-based intervention has sustained benefits for children and families
2. Houston Texans Star Players Ahman Green and Matt Schaub Help Easter Seals, Avondale House and Local Families Tackle Autism
3. New research may lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis in families
4. National Non-Profit Organization Offers Free Mental Health Services to Military and Military Families
5. Sun Safety Outreach to Families Takes Flight at the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival
6. Pelosi Statement on House Vote to Extend Family and Medical Leave for Military Families
7. Dysfunctional families and bad neighborhoods may worsen asthma in children and adolescents
8. Families Invited to Celebrate Shire Day at Boston Childrens Museum
9. March of Dimes NICU Family Support(R) Programs Give Wisconsin Families Comfort and Information during a Crisis
10. March of Dimes NICU Family Support(R) Programs Give Florida Families Comfort and Information During a Crisis
11. Missouri House Recognizes Extraordinary Efforts Supporting National Guard Families
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Families That Eat Together Serve Up Good Dietary Habits
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... According to an ... groups has filed a discrimination claim against the U.S. Department of Health and Human ... Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans are breaking the clause in the law prohibiting the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Califia Farms , one ... its iconic bottle has won top honors in Beverage World Magazine’s Global Packaging Design ... announced that it has been selected as a 2015 U.S.A. Taste Champion in the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... , ... Growth in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana slowed ... nonhospital care, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). ... medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time continued to ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... CloudLIMS today announced ... Bridge Business Awards under the New Products and Services category for its innovative ... sample management software that helps labs organize data and track samples with ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Diabetic foot wounds ... Podiatrists are well aware that psychology-based patient non-compliance (disobedience of a health care ... to diseases of the diabetic foot. The American Board of Multiple Specialties ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015 --> ... report "Nucleic Acid Labeling Market by Product (Reagents & ... Primer, In Vitro Transcription, Reverse Transcription, End Labeling), by ... The global market is expected to reach USD 1,925.7 ... growing at a CAGR of 8.65%. Browse ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Russia has always been a country of choice for ... Europe in 2015 were tested in phase II-III ... has always been a country of choice for global multi-center phase ... in 2015 were tested in phase II-III clinical trials ... always been a country of choice for global multi-center phase III clinical ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015 Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: RLMD), ... chronic pain, announced today that the company will present at ... December 1-3 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in ... CEO of Relmada Therapeutics, will present on Thursday, December 3, ... . Please register at least 10 minutes prior ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: