Could eating at the dinner table help combat obesity?

US research has shown that families who frequently eat dinner in the kitchen/dining room have significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than families who eat elsewhere.

Researchers examined the relationship between everyday family dining rituals and BMI in 190 parents and 148 children. Participating parents completed a questionnaire about the families’ mealtime habits.

These habits correlated with the parents and child’s BMI. Those who indicated that they frequently ate with the TV on had higher BMI’s while those who most frequently ate in the kitchen/dining room had lower BMI’s. It was also reported that boys who had more ‘sociable’ dinners i.e. talking as a family and staying until everyone was finished their meal, tended to have a lower BMI.

It is possible that eating and talking together may prevent overeating and make people feel better about themselves. The lack of distraction from a TV is also likely to have an effect.

Posted: 08/11/2013 14:33:16 by Laura Keaver


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