Eating with Parents Could Curb the Problem of Obesity

Eating with Parents Could Curb the Problem of ObesityA recent research carried out by the researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign has claimed that kids who eat with their parents are less likely to become overweight or obese. Researchers claim that kids, who were found to eat with their parents, ate less of high calorie food.

Kids who sit down with their parents to eat are less likely to munch on junk, sugary and fatty foods. Amber Hammons, from the University of Illinois at Urbana said that there are a number of nutritional benefits associated with eating with parents.

The researchers have found that kids who eat with their parents are 20% less likely to eat junk food, 35% less likely to have eating problems like skipping meals, bingeing or eating disorders. Such kids are 24% more likely to eat vegetables, fruits and other healthy and nutritional foods.

The findings were based on the evaluation of nearly 183,000 children, between the age of 2 and 17.

Obesity is one of the leading problems in US which could result in various health complications. Obesity is not only harmful for health but it also damages child's self-esteem.

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