Surprising Ways Your Family Affects Your Health

Eat Together, Stay Together

In today’s busy world, where the workday no longer ends at 5 p.m., it’s hard to get the family together for dinner. However, research shows the benefits are worth the effort. One study found children who ate with their families were less likely to be obese. The Family Dinner Project writes that regular family meals reduce the risks of substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy, and depression or eating disorders. Students who ate with their family also had improved vocabulary and better grades. The health benefits of better eating and better body weight may also hold true for childless households. Research found those in bad relationships are at risk of weight gain and weight-related diseases.

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July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014