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5 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Eat Dinner as a Family

By December 2, 2019 December 19th, 2019 No Comments
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1. Families that Eat Together are Happier

A study that examined 5,000 teenagers found that those who ate with their family regularly were more likely to be strong and have better mental health. They were also shown to be better adjusted, have better manners, and better communication skills.
The research also showed that mothers were happier and less stressed than those that didn’t have dinner with their family regularly.

2. Family Dinners Equal Healthy Kids

Young children were less likely to be overweight or obese when they ate regularly with their family. Most home-cooked meals are more nutritious, and there is oversight into what portions and variety of foods the children ate. (source:

3. Eating as a Family Equates to Better Grades

A report by CASA found that teens who eat with their families more than five times per week were 40% more likely to mostly receive A’s and B’s, compared to those teens who have fewer than two family dinners per week. They were also less likely to abuse substances.

4. Families that Eat Together are Less Stressed Out

Researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study of working moms and found that sitting down with their household for dinner helped them reduce the tension and stress from the office.

5. Families that Eat Together Stay Together

Eating meals together strengthens families and provides a daily time for the family to share together. For younger children, routine family meals provide a sense of security and a feeling of belonging. In a study, 71% of teenagers said that they consider talking, catching-up, and spending time with family members as the best part of family dinners.

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