HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Regular family meals promote healthy eating habits

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (Nov. 9, 2004)-- It's not only the routine of sitting down to dinner as a family, but the importance, structure, and atmosphere of family meals that may help steer adolescent girls from eating disorders. University of Minnesota researchers found that girls who ate regular family meals in a structured and positive environment were less likely to exhibit extreme weight control behaviors such as diet pill use, vomiting, and chronic dieting. Their research was published in the November issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The meal itself provides an opportunity to model healthy eating habits to children, and it also gives parents the chance to check in with their children, said Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., professor of epidemiology and primary author of the article. She recommended parents keep the conversation positive and non-confrontational, especially if their children have issues surrounding food.

"Since society has so much influence on adolescents because of the high prevalence of obesity and the pressure to be skinny, many girls are turning to unhealthy ways of controlling their weight," Neumark-Sztainer said. "Prioritizing structured family meals that take place in a positive environment can protect girls from destructive eating habits."

She added that families can get creative with how they schedule meals. If parents work outside the home, they can sometimes schedule family breakfast more easily than dinner. "It doesn't have to be a home-cooked meal--the idea is to bring people together," she said. Neumark-Sztainer studied 4,746 Twin Cities adolescents and interviewed them about their eating habits and how often they ate meals with their families.

Key findings in the study include:

  • Girls who ate three to four family meals per week were at about one-third the risk for extreme weight control practices.
  • Girls who ate five family meals per week were at a
    '"/>


  • Contact: Sara E. Buss
    buss@umn.edu
    612-624-2449
    University of Minnesota
    9-Nov-2004


    Page: 1 2

    Related medicine news :

    1. Regular cannabis may increase risk of stroke in young users
    2. Regular modest wine drinking may reduce risk of second heart attack
    3. Regular cycling can improve sexual function in men with heart failure
    4. Growing Younger By Keeping Up Regular Physical Activity
    5. UNC study: Most N.C. family practitioners engage in unrecognized community service
    6. Cardiology losing out as women turned off by family unfriendly specialty
    7. Olson family donates $1 million to Arizona Cancer Center
    8. Mayo Clinic finds restless legs syndrome in children linked to family history, iron deficiency
    9. International study provides culture-by-culture clues to family violence and abuse
    10. University of Utah vision researchers identify genetic cause of rare eye disease in Utah family
    11. Urinary incontinence runs in the family

    Post Your Comments:
    *Name:
    *Comment:
    *Email:


    (Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 21, 2020 , ... ... Order” will be lifted on May 28th and all businesses will be required ... companies returning back to work. , As an essential business, AmeriCare Medical began ...
    (Date:5/21/2020)... ... 2020 , ... A new report from Kalorama Information, a market ... in the point of care test industry. Given the need to diagnose patients ... point-of-care more important than in the past, according to the market researcher. ...
    (Date:5/16/2020)... ... ... 21, T1V will host a webinar featuring Dr. David B. Agus, one of the world’s ... as we address COVID-19 and the impact on unified communication and collaboration. While stay at ... questions are left unanswered as we look at the future of UCC in the workplace ...
    (Date:5/15/2020)... ... May 15, 2020 , ... Collagen has taken the ... natural channel alone in 2019, according to a 2020 Nutritional Outlook ‘Ingredients to Watch’ ... further and further away from the high molecular weight, low-impact products of the past ...
    (Date:5/15/2020)... , ... May 15, 2020 , ... ... placed the final beam atop the hospital’s new six-story, 300,000 square foot patient ... Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The topping off celebrates the structural completion of the ...
    Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
    (Date:5/21/2020)... ... 2020 , ... On Saturday, May 16, Aluminum Shapes LLC, ... in Camden County, New Jersey. The new drive-through testing location is provided through ... is located at 3100 Federal Street, across from Woodrow Wilson High School. ...
    (Date:5/21/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... May 21, 2020 , ... Cataract is ... all cases of blindness in all nations. In the United States, more than 25 ... Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems .” As the population in ...
    (Date:5/21/2020)... , ... May 21, 2020 , ... Murrieta Genomics ... (Redefining Early Stage Investments) Conference to offer startup companies a special discount rate ... , The RESI conference series was created by LSN to bring together startups with ...
    Breaking Medicine Technology:
    Cached News: