Sunday 17 December 2017

Eating as a family aids children's healthy diet

Regular family meals round a table can boost children's fruit and veg intake.

Children in families who eat together every day have an average of one-and-a-half more portions of fruit and vegetables each day than children in families who never eat together.

Researchers from the University of Leeds examined the diets of more than 2,300 primary school children, attending 52 different schools across London.


Parents filled in two forms -- one about their children's dietary intake and a food diary detailing how often they ate meals together as a family.

On average, children ate 293g a day of fruit and vegetables, or 3.7 portions, according to the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Among the 1,516 children whose parents completed the home food diaries, those who sometimes ate family meals together ate 95g more fruit and vegetables every day than those who never ate together.

And children who always ate family meals together ate an average of 125g more a day.

"The key message from this research is for families to eat fruit and vegetables together at a mealtime," authors said.


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