Eating Family Meals May Help White Children Fight Obesity

A novel research has brought forth a bizarre finding that claims that eating family meals may help the white children in fighting fats. However, the same stance does not hold good for the black children and even the Hispanic boys.

The research was conducted by Brandi Y. Rollins of The Pennsylvania State University in University Park and her colleagues, and the findings of the same were documented in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The lead researcher told the Reuters Health that there has been just one study that throws light as to how family meals have an impact on obesity risk in younger children. The team of Rollins examined the data from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health in order to study what role race, gender and household education play in the family meals.

As many as 16,770 boys and girls 6 to 11 years old were studied in the research. Also, non-Hispanic whites totaled as much as 72%.

Post the analysis, it was established that the non-Hispanic white kids, were one-third less likely to be obese, as they ate family meals every day; as against the white children, who ate family meals twice a week or less. However, for the black boys whose family meals per week increased, the threat of being overweight reduced "marginally".

However, the study that observed as many as 17,000 US children, did not observe the eating patterns of the children and the families.