August 19, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — The way parents balance their work schedules may affect their adolescent children’s eating habits, according to Penn State researchers.
Adolescents with moms and dads who spend more time at home, especially at breakfast and dinner time, generally have healthier eating behaviors and in some cases better exercise habits than most adolescents, according to the researchers.
For example, parents who spend time with their adolescent kids after school may increase the likelihood that those children will eat regular dinners, according to the researchers. Adolescents having mothers who stay home before school are more likely to eat breakfast.
Regular meals at home can help children and adolescents avoid weight problems, Martin said.
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