Parade Magazine just came out with 'What America Eats' it shows that families who eat together tend to be healthier then those who don't.
Surprisingly, about 80% of those polled said eating together as a family at least a few times a week is a regular part of their lives and most of those dinners are greener home cooked meals instead of take out which for kids is helping out a lot more then just their health.
"Teenagers that come from families where family dinners are a normal part of their life, those teens tend to do lots better in school, are less likely to suffer from depression, and in fact are like much more less likely to be overweight."
Another fun survey fact, if we got the chance to have a real life chef come into our homes and cook the majority voted to have Rachel Ray whip something up.
Other survey highlights:
Which statement best describes the participants in your typical Family Dinner?
72% Traditional family dinner with spouse/partner, parents and/or children
11 Extended family including other family members and/or close friends
6 Alternative family consisting of friends and other non-related family
12 I never participate in any family dinners
Where do your family dinners most often take place?
87% My home
12 Someone else’s home
11 Family restaurant (Olive Garden, Outback)
9 Local neighborhood restaurant
5 Fast food restaurant (McDonald’s, KFC)
When does your family get together for dinner?
61% On a regular basis
32 Whenever we can arrange to be together
25 For special occasions or holidays
15 When relatives or friends come to visit
How often do you sit down to a family dinner?
26% Every night
34 Most nights
18 A few times a week
6 Once a week
5 Two or three times a month`
2 Once a month
5 Every few months
2 Once or twice a year
1 Less than once a year
Which best represents your attitude toward your family dinner?
69% I enjoy our family dinner and look forward to it
23 I wish we could do it more often
22 It’s a tradition that takes place without question
4 I wish we didn’t have to do it so often
Which best describes the kind of food at your family dinners?
6 Thrown together from whatever’s in the fridge
5 Restaurant take-out
1 Supermarket prepared meal
What do you usually talk about at the dinner table?
81% Just chat about our day
54 School or Work
47 Family or neighborhood gossip
43 Our favorite TV shows or movies
38 Current events/Politics
21 Religion or spiritual topics
7 We don’t talk very much
Which television brood would you most like to join for a family dinner?
29% The friends from Friends
24 The Brady Bunch
15 The Simpsons
13 The Sopranos
9 The Addams Family
7 The Costanzas from Seinfeld
Which fictional chef/cook would you want to cook your family dinner?
45% Alice from The Brady Bunch
25 Monica Geller from Friends
16 Artie Bucco from The Sopranos
9 Chef from South Park
4 Johnny Drama from Entourage
Which real-life chef would you want to cook your family dinner?
37% Rachael Ray
30 Emeril Lagasse
12 Wolfgang Puck
12 Martha Stewart
9 Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen
If all of the foods listed below were low in calories and high in nutrition, which one would you eat most often?
20 Chinese food
14 Fried chicken
10 Fast food burger
9 Deli sandwich/wrap
5 Garden salad
5 Fruit and nuts
3 Hot dog with the works