In the past 20 years, the frequency of family dinners has declined 33 percent.
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.
Americans spend just 30% of their grocery money on fresh food and less than ¼ of family dinners include a full serving of vegetables.
“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.