The benefits of eating together

Eating alone is alienating
 There are so many benefits to eating with others, such as helping us to feel more connected and allowing us to build communities in our lives.

Improves relationships
When we spend time with others over a low-pressure task or activity, such as preparing and eating dinner, it gives us the opportunity to break through the levels of conversation.

Benefits for every age
The mental and physical advantages of eating together are endless, and while many of them are particularly beneficial for children, they also apply to people of all ages.

The effects on children
Research from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests that students who don’t eat with their parents regularly are much more likely to skip school.

Weight issues
In terms of physical health, children who don’t eat with their parents at least twice a week are 40% more likely to be overweight than those who do.

Reduces psychological issues
In children, research shows that frequent family dinners reduce the likelihood of developing eating disorders, substance 

The state of affairs
In the US, the majority of families barely eat one meal together more than four or five days a week. 

Healing after bullying
A wide-ranging study of 19,000 students found that cyberbullying led to anxiety, depression, and substance abuse for many. 

Better eating habits for children
Eating with family has been shown to contribute to a better overall diet, particularly in adolescents. 

Mental health
What’s more, children who eat with their parents five or more days a week demonstrate healthier eating habits, fewer issues with drugs and alcohol, better performance in school.

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