Slower Eating And Conversation Helps Keep Us Healthy
It seems that when it comes to eating, it’s not just what you eat, but who you eat it with and where, when it comes to staying trim. Food experts studying how the pandemic has shaped family mealtimes have found in interviews with teenagers that they report vast improvement in their health, as a result of eating at the table with their families, and without their phones or tablets.
In a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers note that slower eating and conversation can help adolescents to recognize when they’re full. When families devoted less time to each other, did not sit at the table, were distracted by phones or did not engage in conversation, they also ate more unhealthily, and were more likely to be obese.
Parents also found they were able to forge closer bonds with their teenage children if they ate together, and those who established healthy eating patterns for their children were more successful. The study backed up other results which demonstrate eating together as a family is related to a healthier diet, with more fruit and vegetables, and fewer sugary drinks.