If you want your kids to eat healthier, feed them. Sit down to a family meal. And watch less TV.
After following 8,000 children from kindergarten to third grade, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia concluded that kids who ate meals with their families ate healthier foods. The researchers also suspected that family meal time also protected children from some of the habits that could lead to weight gain - like too much TV time.
Overweight kids in the study were watching about 16 hours of TV a week compared to 2 hours of TV a week for kids whose parents said they were not overweight.
The study, which was funded by the US Department of Agriculture, was published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
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