Family meals nourish good mental health for teens

New Canadian research from McGill and Queen’s University faculty, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and reported in EurekAlert,  substantiates the long-held view that emphasizes the importance of family meals in the healthy mental development of children and teens.  In today’s busy world, this is vital information to convey to parents!

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3 Responses to “Family meals nourish good mental health for teens”


  1. 1 Joseph S March 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    But doesn’t this depend on a functional family capable of providing healthy interactions and modelling appropriate health/diet choices?

    • 2 Juanita M March 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Most of the research I’ve read suggests that family meal time is an indicator of the basic organization of the family, and the priorities. This isn’t the first study of its sort that I’ve seen, but it is the first Canadian one – good stuff!

      • 3 Joseph S March 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        But that suggests (strongly) it’s correlational … then we should be after a possible third variable as the key to any possible interventions.


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