Family mealtimes play a role in health of children with asthma

Friday, February 4, 2011 - 13:31 in Health & Medicine

Researchers studying 200 families with children ages 5-12 who had persistent asthma observed how they interacted during a video-recorded meal in their homes. They found that the quality of social interactions as families ate was directly related to the children's health and quality of life. Families in which the primary caregiver had less education, minority families, and single-parent families experienced a more disorganized mealtime, which was related to poorer health for the children.

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