Family Meals Don’t Benefit Children
According to conventional wisdom and previous studies, shared meals help families cement relations and bolster children’s academic performances.
But a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Social Work assistant professor Daniel Miller says the benefits may not be as strong as suspected.
The study was reported in this article in Today’s Dietician.
The study analyzed 21,400 children ages five to 15. When researchers controlled for a host of confounding factors they did not find a correlation between family meals and child academic outcome or behavior.
“We find no relationship between family breakfasts or family dinners and any child outcomes—reading, math and science scores, or behavior problems,” Miller said. “That didn’t change according to the age of the kids or even how we measured family meals: whether it was three meals a week, five meals a week or nine meals a week didn’t seem to matter.”
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