Family dining rituals affect BMI in children, study finds

11/7/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

A study in the journal Obesity says children who ate meals with their families, with the television off and staying seated until everyone was finished, had a lower body weight. Researchers also found that children who engaged in meaningful talks with their parents during dinner, especially boys, showed lower body-mass index. Eating meals in the kitchen or at the dining table was associated with lower BMIs in parents as well as children, researchers said.

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