A children’s and family health magazine published a weight loss study this week that shows children that eat meals with their family consistently are much less likely to become overweight. This is good news according to many doctors because it is a very effective way to at least reduce the chances of obesity developing.
The study also confirmed that children and adolescents that share a family meal at least 3 times per week are significantly less likely to develop eating disorders in the future. The more frequently children eat with their families the more that risk goes down as well.
As a result of this study doctors are obviously recommending that families form some sort of eating routine during the week. Obviously everyone is incredibly busy with a variety of things going on but health experts say finding as much time as possible each week for family meals is a critical step in helping children avoid obesity.
One final discovery is that setting a consistent meal time is also beneficial to children’s health development. By setting a routine children are reportedly less likely to eat at random times which eventually leads to overconsumption which can and often does lead to weight gain. Doctors say that the more of these things parents can make happen for their children the less likely children are to become overweight or obese in the future. As a result doctors recommend doing anything possible to ensure some sort of schedule is established early in a child’s life.