Yvonne Wake (BSc. MSc), a Public Health Nutritionist at Roehampton University, London, has written a paper on nutrition and the role a family plays, she agrees that it’s important to eat meals together as a family.
“Talking to children over dinner is a great way of gaining trust and they are more likely to talk about things that could sometimes feel uncomfortable. Regular meal times altogether give children the opportunity to discuss problems with family members; it relaxes and encourages them to wind down. From an emotional standpoint, research shows that children who frequently eat with their families have better results at school, are less depressed, less likely to drink alcohol, smoke, or use marijuana than children who eat with their families less than twice a week,” says Wake. Read more