60 Years ago the average dinnertime was 90 minutes. Today it’s less than 12 minutes.

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Fewer meals together

In the past 20 years, the frequency of family dinners has declined 33 percent.

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Fewer Meals at Home

In 1970, Americans spent 26% of their food budget on eating out; by 2010, that number had risen to 41%. During that time, rates of obesity in the United States more than doubled.

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Less Real Food

Americans spend just 30% of their grocery money on fresh food and less than ¼ of family dinners include a full serving of vegetables.

Studies show that kids and teens who share family dinners 3 or more times per week:

  • Are less likely to be overweight
  • Are more likely to eat healthy foods
  • Perform better academically
  • Are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)
  • Have better relationships with their parents

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“More frequent family dinners are related to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors towards others and higher life satisfaction.


Journal of Adolescent Health – April 2012.

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