Mal J Nutr 20(3): 429 - 430, 2014

Family Meals away from Home and Nutritional Status of Adolescents
Viroj Wiwanitkit

Letter to the Editor

The recent report on "family meals away from home (FMAFH) and nutritional status of adolescents" is very interesting (Cynthia, Zalilah, Lim, 2013). Cynthia et al. (2013) noted that "FMAFH can be a source of healthy diet for families provided they have the knowledge, skills and motivation to make healthy food choices". In fact, there are many concerns on this report. Source of FMAFH is an interesting consideration. Fulkerson et a/.(2011) noted that "although frequent family dinners may be beneficial for adolescents, the source of dinners is likely as important in maintaining healthy weight. If fast food is the source of family meals, it can cause nutritional problem (Boutelle et al., 2007). Provision of knowledge for selection of health foods can be useful. However, the success has to be re-evaluated. In a family with socio-economic problems and lack for time, the family usually selects fast food that is not beneficial for health (Boutelle et al., 2007; Cluskey et al., 2008)

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