Sydney 27 March 2013. New research into the eating habits of Australians has found only 37 per cent of families with teenagers are eating at least one meal a day together.
The Australian Pineapples Family Nutrition Report surveyed more than 500 Aussie parents, focusing on parental influence on family eating, and their habits of eating fresh fruit.
How To Get Teens to Eat HealthyThe report also revealed that 64% of parents with 12-17 year olds are concerned about their diets and their desire for their kids to eat more fruit.
Leading nutritionist and spokesperson for Australian Pineapples, Dr Joanna McMillan says family meal time is crucial to establishing good eating habits in kids, as well as developing social confidence.
“Teenagers are often busy with after school activities, social engagements, sports and study, but there needs to be an emphasis on family meal time to make sure they are getting the foods their body needs,” says Dr McMillan.
Recent studies have also shown at least one in 5 teenagers suffer from eating disorders stemming from dieting. Dr McMillan says fresh fruit is vital for a teen’s development.
“Teenagers are going through significant changes emotionally and physically, and are also extremely susceptible to eating disorders as they become aware of…
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