Why Dinners are Important

Brady, staff

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After-school activities, late workdays, long commutes— it’s no wonder few families eat dinner together. Yet, studies show that the family dinner hour is an important part of healthy living.
When families dine together, they tend to eat more vegetables and fruits and fewer fried foods, soda, and foods with trans fats, research shows. When younger kids frequently eat dinner with their families, they are less likely to be overweight than other children. That tends to change in the teenage years, when they’re less likely to eat at home.
It’s a serious concern, since statistics show that nearly one in five children aged 6-19 in the U.S. are overweight. That puts them at higher risk for many health problems later in life, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes — as well as emotional problems.
Make sure to sit down, relax, talk, and eat with your family because there are a lot of benefits from doing it, and a better bond might be created between you and your family.