Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Eating Together Makes Us Healthier and Happier

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Eating Together Makes Us Healthier and Happier

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The subtitle of this new book, The Surprising Power of Family Meals, pretty much says it all: "How eating together makes us smarter, stronger, healthier and happier."

For reasons that we are all familiar with, the ritual of a family meal at the dinner table is becoming less common. Author Miriam Weinstein, a journalist and documentary filmmaker, presents stories, studies and arguments from the fields of psychology, education, nutrition, family therapy, anthropology, sociology, linguistics and religion showing the benefits we get from family meals.

She offers realistic strategies for bringing back this simple but effective ritual. "I am not advocating a return to some Neverland of meat loaf and ruffled aprons," she says. "These days, supper must be flexible, reflecting who we are at this time in our culture and in our lives."

When Weinstein started her research, she didn't anticipate that eating together would correlate with teens being less likely to use drugs, smoke or have premarital pregnancies (see Parenting). …

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