What is a common family

Why eating together is important to child health

Children up to a certain age cannot do anything with “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods. Rather, they adapt the eating habits of their own parents. So if the parents set a good example, this will also have a decisive influence on the children in their later eating behavior.When eating together, children can be introduced to healthy ingredients such as salad and vegetables at an early age and made aware of them. In collaboration with the University of Mannheim, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have found out, based on an analysis of collected past studies, that children who eat together with the family on a daily basis have a lower body mass index (BMI) and generally feel eat healthier.

According to analysis, not only the right foods play a role when it comes to the nutritional health of the child. A healthy family meal also includes a harmonious table atmosphere and an appropriate length of meals together. The analysis also shows that children who regularly help with the preparation of meals also have a lower BMI. It is also particularly important that the television is switched off and that people are open to each other.

In summary, the following 6 components of a family meal consistently have a positive effect on the child's health:

  1. Turning off the TV during meals,
  2. a healthy diet for parents as a role model,
  3. higher food quality,
  4. positive and relaxed table atmosphere,
  5. Participation of children in the preparation of meals,
  6. Rest and adequate duration of meals.