Association Between Family Meals and Child Health and Well-Being

Association Between Family Meals and Child Health and Well-Being is a secondary data analysis study using direct observational data to examine important unanswered methodological and analytical questions regarding the quality of family meals, both in regards to meal dietary healthfulness and the emotional atmosphere.

Results from this study will inform both methodological considerations for data collection with diverse children and their families and intervention efforts targeting childhood obesity via family meals.


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Trofholz AC, Tate AD, Draxten ML, … Berge JM. What's being served for dinner? An exploratory investigation of the associations between the healthfulness of family meals and child dietary intake [published online ahead of print Sep 22, 2016]. J Acad Nutr Diet.


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