Question How does increased family mealtime duration affect children’s fruit and vegetable intake?
Findings In this randomized clinical trial of 50 parent-child dyads, children aged 6 to 11 years ate significantly more fruits and vegetables when family meals lasted approximately 10 minutes longer. Intake of other foods offered did not increase.
Meaning Findings of this trial indicate that increasing family mealtime duration is a simple, inexpensive, and low-threshold intervention that can significantly improve children’s diets.
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Dallacker M, Knobl V, Hertwig R, Mata J. Effect of Longer Family Meals on Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Intake: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(4):e236331. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.6331