In Brief: Regular family meals may reduce risk of eating disorders in girls
Regular family meals may reduce risk of eating disorders in girls
A study published in January 2008 provides further support for making time for regular family meals. Previous reports by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse have concluded that teenagers who eat regularly with their families are less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or try marijuana.
The latest study, by researchers at the University of Minnesota, suggests that adolescent girls who eat meals frequently with their families are less likely than other girls to develop eating disorders later on.