Family Dynamics at Mealtimes Impact Children's Weight

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Eating together as a family might be more important than you think. It could have a life-long impact on your child's weight.
Air Date: 10/15/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hill 2013Dr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages six, nine, and 11.
Family Dynamics at Mealtimes Impact Children's Weight
Family meals are linked to a variety of health benefits for children, but it's less clear how they impact children's weight.

For a study published in the November 2014 issue of Pediatrics, researchers set up video cameras in families' homes to observe how parents and children interacted during a week's worth of meals.

Eating together as a family is a great way to:
  • Help your child learn healthy eating habits.
  • Model healthy eating for your child.
  • Spend valuable time together as a family.
Regular family meals can make a real difference in your child's life.

Listen to this fascinating study on the importance of family meals and why you should eat with your children. You might be very surprised at the results.

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