Family meals could give children healthy eating habits

Regularly eating together as a family helps pass healthy eating habits onto children that last well into adulthood, potentially preventing obesity later in life.

The positive finding also held true whether meals were taken with just one parent or the whole family.

“Parents act as ‘nutritional gatekeepers’ in that they have a substantial influence on when, what, and how much children eat. So family meals offer a rich learning environment for setting up healthy eating habits in children.”

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