Positive food trends emerging, study finds

Nov 22, 2010

More families report eating dinner together

Obesity levels have consistently risen in the country year after year. However, a nationwide survey shows some positive trends emerging.

The American Dietetic Association Foundation's 2010 Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey found that the number of meals being eaten as a family increased more than 20 percent between 2003 and 2010.

ADA Foundation national education director Dr. Katie Brown says the survey also shows progress in parents' interest in making sure they are feeding their families nutritious foods.

"The good news is that parents are interested in meeting with a registered dietitian, who has the expertise essential to success and who can help them build upon what they already know about nutrition and apply it to their eating behaviors with skills and techniques from shopping and cooking to eating," says Brown.

While seeing a nutritionist on a regular basis may not be in everyone's budget, there is a plethora of information available for free online. Multiple websites offer detailed information on nutritional content as well as recipes and diet plans. Speaking to a physician can also be helpful. Consuming a healthy diet will help people feel better and potentially keep life insurance premiums reasonable.

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