Family mealtimeBy Michael F. Roizen, MD
Family dinners can serve up drama and comedy, but they're rarely as fraught or funny as when Mrs. Doubtfire (played by Robin Williams) in the movie of the same name insinuates herself into his (we know, the pronouns are confusing) ex-wife's birthday party so she/he can torpedo the new boyfriend with a pepper-laced entrée.
What's really true about family dinnertime is that sharing a sit-down dinner three or more days a week can transform everyone's health and brighten your children's future. If lower blood pressure and reduced risk of cancer and heart disease isn't incentive enough, consider this: Dishing up dinner will improve your family ties, improve your love life, and boost your kids' health, self-esteem, and grades. Pass the broccoli, please!
Here are the facts on eating healthy meals at home:
- Thirty-five percent of kids who have two or fewer