How family meals can stop eating disorders?

Attending Family Meals

There is nothing can compete with your mom’s cooking , it’s the most delicious meal you can ever have. When you grow up or go abroad far from your family when you return and attend a meal with your parents , it’s like the heaven in your mouth. It’s the most delicious and the healthiest feast and the best part of it is the sharing the joy of gathering and telling about your day. This is the best tradition that Turkish people have I guess ; we live our individual life but we must sit around that table at every dinner and it’s healthiest meal you can ever have as you are or your mom the one who is cooking so nothing can be unhealthy or dirty. In restaurants there several disgusting examples which make us ill such as Mc Donalds. They barely clean the kitchen or the vegetables and you do not know what they put in those hamburgers to make them delicious. One of my friends was working at a super elite restaurant and she told me that the things you are eating are mostly the leftovers and warned me not to eat soup as they are dirtiest ones so don’t be a victim of capitalism as it urges you to go out instead of sitting at your warm home. Moreover , if you are a teenage you are all busy with your school issues and generally do not know how to cook so , this ends up with losing weight or gaining weight as you can not cook you prefer not to eat especially girls or to eat snacks and fast food. To sum up , the article is true of me which I’m able to see the consequences in real life.

The experiment made by Pediatrics

The second article was about how family meals can stop eating disorders and Pediatrics made a huge research on it and gathered some data. The article in Daily Mail mentiones about this based on Pediatrics. Again , the claims are clear and justified through the article and there is no mathematical inconsistency compared to the previous article we worked on called “One in Four Britons will get Cancer”. To prove these , I worked on the experiment made by the Pediatrics to see if the numbers are true in the article.

Comparison between Claims and

-In the Article :Professor Fiese reviewed 17 studies on eating patterns and nutrition involving almost 200,000 children and teenages.

-In (published on 2 May ,2011): OBJECTIVE: We used meta-analytic methods to examine the frequency of shared family mealtimes in relation to nutritional health in children and adolescents. The primary objective was to determine consistency and strength of effects across 17 studies that examined overweight and obese, food consumption and eating patterns, and disordered eating.

METHODS: The total sample size for all studies was 182 836 children and adolescents (mean sample age: 2.8–17.3 years).

-In the article : 3 family meals à safeguard the teens’ health

5 meals à 35% less likely to be disordered eaters

3 meals à youngsters à 12% less likely to be overweight

24% healthy foods/eating habits than those who share 3 meals

-In : RESULTS: The frequency of shared family meals is significantly related to nutritional health in children and adolescents. Children and adolescents who share family meals 3 or more times per week are more likely to be in a normal weight range and have healthier dietary and eating patterns than those who share fewer than 3 family meals together. In addition, they are less likely to engage in disordered eating.

CONCLUSIONS: Educational and public health initiatives aimed at promoting shared family mealtimes may improve nutritional health of children and adolescents. Clinicians may advise their patients about the benefits of sharing 3 or more family mealtimes per week; benefits include a reduction in the odds for overweight (12%), eating unhealthy foods (20%), and disordered eating (35%) and an increase in the odds for eating healthy foods (24%).

As a note , in the article it says who have 5 meals with their parents are less likely to be disordered eaters but in the site it says 3 or more family mealtimes per week include a reduction in disordered eating. It’s not a inconsistency but makes a dilemma.

-In the article : Prof. Fiese says ; “For children and adolescents with disordered eating mealtime provides a setting in which parents can recognize early signs and take steps to prevent detrimental patterns from turning into full blown eating disorders.

-In the :


The results of this study suggest that shared family mealtimes offer nutritional benefits to family members. Health professionals are advised to encourage families to eat meals together. Future studies should further develop interventions for families that struggle with health issues such as obesity and disordered eating and add focus on family mealtimes as a setting in which to promote better nutrition habits. In addition, longitudinal studies can reveal any long-term potential that family meals may have in influencing nutritional health. Specific mechanisms of how family mealtimes influence related nutritional outcomes should be investigated.

Other Claims that are not mentioned in the Pediatrics ;

-Lowers the ratio of blumia and anorexia

-Meals are less likely to be skipped

-Adolescents are less like to take up smoking to lose weight

and as for the University Illinois professor ; families who eat together are likely to be more connected , making conversations about bad diet and dangerous eating habits less awkward. This is actually very true of me as my parents would always say “The best meal is the one you eat at home.” And whenever they see me making a diet which makes me look like a 3 year old children they immediately start to talk about how dangerous it is to make diet while you are in your growing years and I never listened to them and as a consequence I’m really short and it seems a miracle to everyone that I’m 20 years old.

As a conclusion , how crucial is having a healthy meal with your parents in it’s all benefits. From now on , which one would you like to be ; a happy youngster who shares and enjoys the healthy meal with his or her parents or likely to be blumia or obese? The choice is yours.


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