Families eating together has long been known to improve the diet quality of young people. And, for the first time, it’s been established the family doesn’t even need to get along for the benefits to be felt. Young people are more likely to have fewer takeaways and more fruit and veges if they frequently eat meals with the family, whether or not the family scores well on ‘functionality’ measures.
The findings from a study of US teens and young adults living at home, which focused on measuring dietary intake of youth in high and low-functioning families who eat together, concluded that family dinners are a good way to encourage healthier eating in adolescents and young adults.
JAMA, November 2018