Eating meals together as a family is incredibly important. Here is a statement from a report from the University of Florida on this topic:
In many of today's households, family dinners have become a thing of the past. With busy schedules held by both parents and children, many families rarely have time to eat dinner together. In recent years, nutrition professionals have been promoting family dinners as research demonstrates the benefits that eating together can provide to family members.
You may be wondering, “Why are family dinners so important?”
Research suggests that regular family dinners have positive effects on the development of adolescents. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.
So, eating meals together as a family has great side-benefits. The next few blogs will explore research about the importance of eating together as a family.