Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)

2/21/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Changes in eating habits have changed the fabric of our society.

One in five American breakfasts now come from McDonald's. Half of all meals are eaten outside of the home, and nearly all family meals are consumed with each member of the household eating a different microwaveable entrée while watching TV.

Nice ride, poor kitchen table.

Nice ride, poor kitchen table.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/21/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: Marshall Connolly, home and family, food, eating, meals


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An entire body of research has shown that the eating habits of Americans have changed dramatically in the past century. In 1900, only 2 percent of meals were eaten outside of the home. Today, families will have an average of three meals together in the span of a week. 

More family meals are served in the minivan than at the kitchen table.

This is a serious and underappreciated epidemic with a very easy fix. As such, a rapid rise in awareness is necessary. 

The research has been available for a very long time, and that's not to mention the dictates of common sense. Children who share regular meals with their parents around the table do better in every imaginable way, at least statistically. Such children are 42 percent less likely to drink alcohol, 50 percent less likely to smoke, and 66 percent less likely to use drugs such as marijuana. 

Regular family meals have been credited with protecting children from eating disorders, and the use of diet pills. They directly combat childhood obesity. 

Despite this, Americans say they are too busy to cook, and prefer to "nuke" their food or grab something on the go.  But television ratings tell the truth - Americans spend more time watching the Food Network than cooking meals. 

Partly guilty, is the food industry which has convinced a susceptible public that they are too busy to cook, or that their family meals are best enjoyed in public. Natural whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables shouldn't need ad campaigns, but they are never advertised. Sitcoms regularly place restaurant food and brand names on screen, but simple, healthy foods are conspicuously absent.  

Just over a century ago, we ate locally produced, mostly "organic" foods. Fast food didn't exist, and processed food was a rarity -a rarity that was indulged only occasionally by the wealthy. Also nonexistent were obesity epidemics, a marriage failure rate in excess of 50 percent, and an entire host of dangers and pitfalls that pitted children against their parents, and shattered families. 

And it's not entirely the food industry's fault for making money. The fact is, we have chosen convenience and high sugar, high fat, chemical-laden, high-speed meals over quality time with our families. The food industry has done nothing more than respond to our demands.  

This is a problem entirely of our own making and there is no reason why we cannot also be the solution. It's as easy as investing time and energy to cooking nutritious foods and sharing them with the family. And in the days of recordable television (you can watch it later), dish washing machines, and time-saving kitchen gadgets galore, there should be no excuse not to keep at least one regular mealtime each day - if not two or three. 

It is a simple choice really. We can grab unhealthy food on the go and blame everyone but ourselves for the success of our family and our health, or we can make a simple investment of time and reap the benefits of a stronger family, healthier bodies, longer lives, and more happiness. 

Health and happiness shouldn't be the sole domain of the sitcom family. It is within our reach, and if we care about the success of our families, we should invest the time we have been given with the ones we love.

. 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Home & Food

Bacon is good for you? Here are 5 incredible reasons bacon actually helps your body Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bacon is one of the most popular foods ever created; more and more people crave the crunchy, sweet and salty piece of meat. People even express the love they have for it by celebrating a nonofficial, International Bacon Day. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Do 'superfoods' really exist? One study takes a closer look at the magic of blueberries Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil

Once again, the case of "superfoods" has been tried to see whether they are really worth the cash and the hope of good health. A show conducted a trial at Newcastle University, after recruiting five ordinary women to test whether eating blueberries regularly does have ... continue reading


Green potatoes? Must be St. Patrick's Day Watch

Image of COLCANNON DELIGHT - Everyone thinks of corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, but this unique Irish dish made with potatoes and kale can become the hit of the meal.

By Augusta Scattergood (The Christian Science Monitor)

My younger daughter was born one day shy of St. Patrick's Day. We named her Kate for her Great-Aunt Kitty because we loved the name, not because she was Irish. I didn't understand then that a strong ancestral link could be forged with a country across the sea. My ... continue reading


'What's for dinner?' 15 of the strangest things people actually eat Watch

Image of weirdworldfacts.com

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

People often disagree on eating certain things. From exotic animal body parts and things not considered food in general to some items' wild preparations, various delicacies are available for those seeking palate adventures. Some are even rated deliciously. [media ... continue reading


Experts say skipping meals and fasting could be healthier than eating three full meals a day Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Eating three square meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - is not necessarily helping our health, according to various studies by experts. In a recent report by the Mother Jones website, it is said that there are no actual evidence that support the practice of ... continue reading


First protien-counting Smart Jar promises to push your kitchen to the next level Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you're having a difficult time measuring nutrition, the solution will soon be available. Neo Smart Jar by SKE Labs is officially the first high-tech jar innovation that can be connected to the Internet and can be synced to personal devices. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES ... continue reading


Stop making excuses! 8 easy tips on how to eat healthier Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When it comes to food, it's easy to get into the same bad habits. Sometimes it's easier to go for the fast food rather than making your own meal. Sometimes it's just cheaper to get the fattier foods. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's also so easy to switch up ... continue reading


Non-browning GMO 'Arctic apple' to be deregulated in United States Watch

Image of Arctic apples will be first promoted under two versions: the Arctic Granny and the Arctic Golden. Different versions will be offered in the near future.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Man has meddled with Mother Nature - sand has since come up with an apple that neither oxidizes nor turns brown. Developers of the "arctic apple" have discovered how to inhibit the browning enzyme. While this would improve the shelf life of certain fruits, it ... continue reading


4 heavenly Valentine's Day recipes for two Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's Valentine's Day and you forgot to make the important reservation at the hottest restaurant in town. You're panicking; what are you going to do? No one wants to see that disappointed look on their loved one's face. Breathe... We have here for you, four amazing and ... continue reading


You can stop avoiding chocolate now: 5 surprising reasons why chocolate is actually good for you Watch

Image of Dark chocolate is actually really good for your health.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chocolate, everyone loves it. And nearly everyone feels guilty about loving it. It's that "guilty pleasure." You may be receiving loads of chocolate now, because of Valentine's Day. Avoiding it is near impossible, but you don't have to steer clear anymore. It's time to ... continue reading


All Home & Food News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
8 'He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 15:1-39
1 First thing in the morning, the chief priests, ... Read More

Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11
6 Who, being in the form of God, did not count ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 29th, 2015 Image

St. Berthold
March 29: Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter