"When families eat together, children and parents
do eat better. Children and teens may benefit in many ways"
Family meals provide nutrients that kids and teens need to grow strong and healthy, such as calcium, fiber, and iron. Dinners at home are more likely to include nutrient-dense foods from the dairy, fruit, and vegetable groups.
Helps prevent weight problems
Children and teens are less likely to be overweight because they are eating more healthful meals.
Enjoyable family time
Kids and teens enjoy connecting with parents and other family members and this strengthens a sense of belonging.
Better social adjustment
Teens are less likely to smoke cigarettes, use marijuana, use illegal drugs, and drink alcohol. They are less likely to be depressed and generally have better self-esteem.
At the table, kids and teens have exposure to a broader vocabulary and have an opportunity to express their ideas. During dinner, parents are more likely to hear about upcoming tests and school progress so they can be more involved.
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