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Family dinners can save a child from obesity

January 12 2007

To avoid obesity, the child should as often as possible to have supper with her family and how you can spend less time watching television, say U.S. researchers.

A few years scientists have watched the 8000 children. Children spend much time watching television, often already obese or overweight risk score. Joint family meal is very beneficial to the weight of the child.

"All family members should unite to help a child maintain a healthy weight. An important role is played by the most simple habits, such as how much time children spend watching television, or how many times a week, he eats with his family "- says the author of Sara Gable (University of Missouri, USA).

Participated in the study children were divided into 3 groups: first group included those who had normal weight throughout the study, the second - those who had normal weight at the beginning of research, but gained excess weight, and a third - those who was overweight at the beginning and end of the study. Children from the first group on average spent watching television 14,12 hours a week and ate with his family 10,26 once a week, from the second group - 15.63 hours and 9.54 times, from the third - 16.09 pm and 9 , 57 times.

At 3% with each additional hour, conducted a child for a week watching television increases the risk of completeness. Reduced by 8% with each additional family meal a week. Significantly increases the risk of obesity and living in deprived areas.

Scientists emphasize that any factor is important when it comes to such a widespread problem in the U.S. as childhood obesity. In the study 17% of children were overweight by third grade.

"Organize joint lunches and dinners and making sure your child is not spent too much time watching television - direct obligation of parents. The whole family should help your child learn healthy habits, such things children can not learn to "- the authors conclude. Tells

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