How many times in a week do you sit down at home and eat together as a family? A recent study done by the Project Eating and Activity in Teens analyzed the eating habits of teens and the effect these habits had on the weight of these individuals in early adulthood.
The results of the study showed teens that ate together as a family more frequently during adolescence were significantly associated with reduced odds of overweight or obesity 10 years later. Why would something as simple as eating together as a family have an impact on the weight of an individual years down the road?
The habits that teens are exposed to growing up tend to carry with them as they age. If teens are consistently eating unhealthy meals from fast food restaurants, they will tend to turn to these options when they leave home for college or work. It is your responsibility as a parent to teach teens how to make simple, healthy, home prepared meals. Providing home-cooked meals has also been shown to strengthen family bonds by providing an opportunity for everyone to get together and discuss happenings of each’s day.
In the fast-paced society we live in, a home-cooked meal may not be possible every night, however the more times you are able to sit down as a family, the better off you and your children will be.
What kind of healthy eating habits do you have in your home? We'd love to hear! Comment below.