Both parents and children gain much from sharing a meal together. The best parenting trick might be to have meals together. What else can you do in an hour to raise your children’s self-esteem, academic performance, and likelihood of substance misuse, depression, teen pregnancy, and obesity? For the past 20 years, study after study has demonstrated how families’ physical and mental health may be enhanced by just setting aside screens for a short period of time each day to engage in actual conversation over food. According to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, eating meals with family is linked to a better diet overall, especially for adolescents. Teenagers who ate with their families were more inclined to eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer fast foods and sugary drinks. According to the study, these conclusions hold true whether a family is functional or dysfunctional. It can stop severe psychosocial problems. In other words, a 2015 review by a team of Canadian researchers found that regular family dinners can shield adolescents against problems such as eating disorders, substance abuse, aggressive behavior, despair, and suicidal ideation. Family meals were most likely to help the study’s young female participants. In the Journal of Pediatrics, a study identified a link between frequent family dinners throughout adolescence and a lower risk of obesity or weight problems ten years later, particularly among black teenagers. According to the study’s findings, families should make an effort to share at least one or two meals each week to help prevent their children from dealing with weight issues in the future.
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