Family meals protect teen girls from disordered eating

March 2008
Contemporary Pediatrics;Mar2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p82
The author comments on a longitudinal study which found that adolescent girls who frequently had meals with their family were less likely to engage in extreme weight-control behaviors than girls who did not. According to the author, the study suggests that girls were much more likely than boys to have disordered eating behaviors, regardless of family meal patterns. He says that the association of family meal frequency with these "less extreme" behaviors did not reach statistical significance.


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