March 16, 2020
This is the kind of evil research that must be shut down for the good of
the chosen few PROGRESS.
We all know by now that kids should have their meals while watching Netflix and doing Instagram stuff on their phones in-between bites, and that their parents should eat on their desks while working to improve efficiency through better time management.
A meal is one of the best ways to bring people together, and that may be especially true for families with young children. A new study conducted by a University of Delaware-led research team shows that dining together as a family leads to better dietary practices and a stronger bond between parents and children.
This study is not exactly a new study, but a review of other peer-reviewed studies on the topic of family meals. These analyses reveal that more frequent family meals leads to more fruit and vegetable consumption and overall healthy eating, along with a positive increase in measures of family functioning. These measures include family connectedness, communication with parents, and family cohesion.
The meta-analysis shows that eating together as a family also has a slightly positive outcome with regards to sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks. However, the analysis is inconclusive regarding other “unhealthy” foods like snack foods, fast-food and desserts.
The authors of the study conclude by suggesting directions for further research. While their review indicates that family meal frequency may lead to improved communication and overall family functioning, they say more studies should be performed to confirm this. Also, more research can help determine the relationship between family meals and unhealthy food consumption.
We know that social isolation is unhealthy, so it shouldn’t be surprising to find that doing stuff with other people — especially with family and friends — is health-promoting.
It’s sad that these days, parents and their kids often have dinner under the same roof and at the same hour while not really being together.
If people don’t resist the alienating pull of technology, their humanity will suffer.
We are meant to interact with one another face-to-face.
You have to look people in the eye, watch them smile, and hear them laugh.