HEALTHY IN UTAH

Study Shows Family Dinners Better For Physical, Mental Health

Oct 29, 2020, 7:08 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Sitting down for family dinner and eating together is better for the physical health and overall function for children.

Lori Gottlieb is an author and a psychotherapist who confirmed what a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found: Families who eat together have better nutrition and value that connection, which has a positive physical and emotional component.

“It’s not just the time at the dinner table that’s important for families,” Gottlieb said. “It’s preparing the meal together. It’s hanging out in the kitchen together. It’s really being face to face with one another without phones, without other distractions.”

Approximately 85% of families said they want to continue having dinners together after the pandemic is over.

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Study Shows Family Dinners Better For Physical, Mental Health