Study: Sharing Meals With Family, Friends Can Benefit Mental Health


Tuesday, October 25th 2022, 1:56 pm

By: CBS News


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A new survey shows sitting down with family and friends for regular meals could have a big impact on mental health and well-being. Chronic stress can increase a person's lifetime risk of heart disease and stroke. 

A new survey from the American Heart Association shows sharing regular meals with others could be one way to help manage stress. 

The national survey found that 91% of parents reported their family is less stressed when they share family meals together. Sixty-five percent of those polled said they were at least somewhat stressed, while more than a quarter said they were very or extremely stressed. 

Researchers highlight that sharing meals with family, friends or neighbors can also boost self-esteem and improve social connection, especially for children. 

The heart association is launching "Together Tuesdays" to encourage eating together and is offering ideas for budget-friendly meals and conversation starters on its website. 

The survey also found nearly 70% of people who worked said they would feel less stressed at their jobs if they had more time to take a break and share a meal with a coworker. 

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