Packing lunch, eating dinner with kids helps parents stay thin

September 14, 2005 in Healthy Eating, Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Packing lunch, eating dinner with kids helps parents stay thin

According to Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University, packing a lunch and eating dinner with children means they are at a decreased risk of being overweight.

Data from over 4000 grade 5 students in Nova Scotia found that those children who bought their lunch at school during the week were 47% more likely to be overweight. In addition, eating supper together at home, instead of eating supper in front of the television, was associated with a statistically significant decreased risk of being overweight.

The study also indicated the importance of physical education at school. Kids who only had gym once or not at all were also more likely to be overweight than kids who had phys education more often.

Researchers found that one in three children in Nova Scotia were overweight while one in 10 to be obese. Children in low-income neighbourhoods were twice as likely to be obese as children in high-income neighbourhoods. As a result, researchers recommend that children and schools in lower-income areas should be a priority in receiving priority in public health initiatives to reduce future inequalities based on wealth social status.

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