Study finds that eating with parents helps children stay in shape
According to foreign media reports on the 9th, a new study found that children who often sit down with their parents to eat together and whose diets contain a lot of vegetables are thinner than children who do not have this alternative habit.
The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, may not sound surprising at this moment, but few studies have explored the relationship between children’s weight and their eating patterns, rather than taking more than sugar or a small amountComplex eating patterns.
Although it is widely believed that eating with your family is good for your child, there has been no evidence that this approach actually helps your child stay healthy.
In these new studies, Greek researchers asked 1,138 children aged 9 to 13 years of age about their diet and physical activity, and used this information to identify five patterns of diet and lifestyle.
There is a mode they call “dinner, cooking meal and vegetables”. Children who use this diet mode put vegetables instead. They often sit down with their families to eat together. Usually they eat traditional “cooking” dishes (hot dishes orCold dishes) instead of sandwiches, fast food or “breakfast” foods.
The study found that compared with other peers, children who adopt this model usually have a lower body mass index, their waist circumference is lower, and their auntie intake is lower.
The other four diet and lifestyle patterns were independent of children’s weight or body level.
These patterns include “crazy eating, fast food / sweet and sedentary lifestyles”, “high fiber”, “breakfast” and “fitness, fruits and vegetables”.
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Dr. Yana Curia, the first researcher, pointed out that the four categories did not appear to be related to children’s weight, but the reason why the family meal / vegetable pattern was related to children’s weight was unclear.
However, they believe that the habit of sitting down to eat and cook with family members may mean that children are more likely to follow the traditional Mediterranean diet-thus vegetables, olive oil, whole wheat bread and fish.
A major limitation of this study is that children are evaluated at one point in time.
Only studies that track children long-term can show that children who follow the family meal / vegetable diet pattern are less likely to become fat.
However, Yana Curia and her colleagues declined in the study, which showed that such a diet is a “potential preventative approach” to combating childhood obesity.
The number of them, it is also an “unexpected” way of eating that most children can accept.