18 May '12, 4pm

Can eating with your family make you thin?

Can eating with your family make you thin?

Chew on this: More than 40 percent of the typical American food budget is spent on eating out. So it's no wonder that our bodies have become so unhealthy. Dining out or opting for the drive-thru has generally been linked with poor food choices, and it's typically done on the run — meaning quality family meals are falling by the wayside. Not to mention the fact that many restaurants don't offer enough healthy options. After evaluating 68 previously published scientific reports, a team of researchers from Rutgers University found that fewer family meals at home translated to an increased risk of obesity among children. On the flip side, dining together more often meant kids were eating more fruits, vegetables, fiber and calcium- and vitamin-rich foods. It also meant they consumed fewer unhealthy items, such as soda, and had a lower body mass index (BMI ). Another research st...

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