Beyond nutritional benefits, eating together can increase family communication, help teens problem-solve, and lead to improved body image. Body image during adolescence can be greatly influenced by family as well as by friends, media, and culture. It is a time in adolescents’ lives where they are making more food and exercise choices on their own, but it is also a time where they may feel most dissatisfied with their weight and appearance. Improving communication at family meals gives teens an opportunity to talk about their day and for parents to help them build their self-esteem, resulting in overall improved body image.
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