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May062011

Do Dad's Food Choices Affect the Whole Family?

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Sitting down with the family for a home-cooked meal continues to become a thing of the past.  According to the USDA, Americans spend about 50 percent of their food budget in restaurants. 

A Texas A&M University study surveyed over 300 families with children living in Houston about their eating habits.  The researchers found that factors associated with eating out a lot included parental work schedules, the time kids spent in the family car, and the father's use of fast food and full-service restaurants. 

The authors of the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Behavior, were surprised by the last association, but they conclude that since dads seem to be so influential, they "should be encouraged to model healthful food choices when they obtain food and to eat with children at home."

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