July 24, 2008
Dining With Family May Help Teen Girls Avoid Drugs
With busy schedules, working late nights and folks constantly on the run, family meals may seem like a thing of the past. But a new study suggests that reinstating this tradition could help your teen daughter say “no” to drugs and alcohol. Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School found that in families who ate five or more meals a week together—it did not have to be dinner—teen girls were much less likely to drink alcohol or smoke marijuana or cigarettes five years later.
A previous study showed that girls who ate meals with their families were less likely to have eating disorders.
For ideas on preparing healthy meals, read our food feature “Neo Soul.”
Scroll down to comment on this story.
Show comments (0 total)