“The Most Reliable Way for Families to Connect”

Anne Fishel explains why eating meals together is so important:

“As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia back up my enthusiasm for family dinners. It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit. And that nightly dinner doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal that took three hours to cook, nor does it need to be made with organic arugula and heirloom parsnips.”

Not Far from the Tree

A University of Edinburgh study found that kids who eat the same food as their parents are healthier, reports Emilie King:

“Using a sample of over 2000 four-year-olds in Scotland, Dr Valeria Skafida who carried out the research, found that youngsters who are fed the same food as the rest of the family eat more fruit and vegetables, less fatty and salty foods and snack less.

“This had the greatest impact on a young child’s health than any other factor—including eating together at mealtimes.”