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Survey Finds Positive Changes In Family Eating Behaviors Since 2003

November 9, 2010: 09:59 AM EST

A survey on family eating habits, attitudes and physical activity finds significant positive changes in eating patterns related to healthier weights in children since 2003. There has been a significant increase in daily family meals eaten at home: a majority of families are not eating at fast food or sit-down restaurants often. Many children are interested in meeting with registered dieticians to learn how to prepare a meal. However, less than 25 percent of parents and children correctly identified grains as the main daily food group. Children are most likely to skip breakfast, according to the survey, and a majority of kids would be more physically active if fun activities were offered before or after school. A total of 1,193 parent and child pairs were surveyed among African-Americans, Hispanics and Caucasians.

Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn, "Nationwide Survey on Family Eating Behaviors and Physical Activity Reveals Positive Changes and Opportunities", EatRight.org press release, November 09, 2010, © American Dietetic Association (ADA)
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