Eating Together at the Dinner Table

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Eating together around the kitchen table is becoming rare in a lot of homes. According to a recent survey released by June, the table is becoming a less popular surface to eat on. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they grew up typically eating dinner at a kitchen table, but a little less than half said they do so now when eating at home. The couch and bedroom are both more popular with the youth. Many people choose to eat dinner in front of a screen, so eating dinner on the couch or in the bedroom would make sense.

There is something special about setting aside time to eat a meal at the table with family. It gives a chance to catch up, talk and reflect on the day. Sadly, families rarely eat together anymore. Children who do not eat dinner with their parents at least twice a week are 40% more likely to be overweight compared to those who do. Children who do eat dinner with their parents typically eat healthier and have higher academic performance. Here are some other benefits of family meals!

  1. Family dinners mean better relationships.
  2. Family meals lad to healthier food choices.
  3. Eating as a family leads to better grades.
  4. Family dinners are a chance to explore new foods.
  5. Family dinners lead to greater happiness.
  6. Homemade meals promote portion control.
  7. Family dinners equal healthy kids.
  8. Family dinners relieve stress.
  9. Eating at home saves money.

Family eating a meal at the kitchen table