The Importance of Family Meals

Studies have shown that there are significant benefits of sitting down for dinner as a family. Family meals lead to better communication with children, less adolescent problem behavior, less disordered eating problems, and less problems with obesity. A Minnesota study showed that cooking dinner at home vs ordering take-out or eating out, also results in lower body fat, cholesterol, and insulin levels. The odds of being obese or overweight were greatly increased when families consumed even just one restaurant meal per week for dinner.

There is a clear association between better family relationships and those who eat dinner together. Dr. Katie can help you make sure the right foods are on your family’s plate!