This study aimed to increase our understanding of family meal patterns among adolescents. A school-based survey was completed by 252 junior and senior high school students. Nearly a third (30.7%) reported that their families had eaten a meal together at least seven times over the past week, but a similar percentage (31.9%) reported two or fewer family meals over the past week. Frequent television viewing during meals was reported by about half (52.8%) of the respondents. Adolescents reported feeling more certain about making healthful food choices at family meals than in other eating situations. Findings trom this pilot study indicate that further investigations of family meal patterns among youth and the associations between family meals and eating behaviors are warranted.
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Th~study was supported by grant R40 MC 00125 from thc Matcrnal and Chlld Hcalth Bureau (Titlev, Soc~aSl ecurity Act), Health llcsources and Srrvices Adniln-Istratlon, I1cpartmcnt of Health and Human Services. Addrex for correspondence: l11annc Ncumark-Sztainer, I'h.11.. M.P.H., R.D.. DIVIsion ofEpiden~iolo~,SchoooflP ubllc Hcalth, Unlvcr51ty of M~nncsota1, 300 South Second Strcct, Su~tc3 00, M~nneapolisM, N 55454; Tcl: (612) 624-0880; Fax: (612) 624-0315: E-1na11:N cun~ar-k~.e~iva. x.e~~.u~i~~~.cdu. 02000 SOCIETY FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION