People who cook meals at home and do not watch TV or videos while eating are less likely to be obese, a new study has found. Researchers from Ohio State University in the US studied about 12,842 survey participants who said that they ate at least one family meal in the week prior to their interview.
Obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above 30, calculated from self-reported height and weight measures collected in the survey. Researchers found that adults who reported never watching TV or videos during family meals had significantly lower odds of obesity compared with peers who always watched something during mealtimes.
Those whose family meals were all home-cooked also had lower odds of obesity than other adults who ate some or no home-cooked meals. “How often you are eating family meals may not be the most important thing.