Effects of family-togetherness on the food selection by primary and junior high school students: family-togetherness means better food

Tohoku J Exp Med. 2001 Jun;194(2):121-7. doi: 10.1620/tjem.194.121.


To see how different foods were selected depending on family-togetherness at breakfast and dinner, we investigated the meals of eight thousand primary and four thousand junior high school students by questionnaire. About 70% of primary school children but less than 50% of junior high school children ate breakfast with their family. The food, eaten by children who ate meals together with their family, took more time for cooking and was more traditional with rice as the staple. Food eaten by children who did not eat with their family lacked both preparation time and staple base. Family-togetherness affects the foods of primary school children more than those of junior high school students.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Food
  • Food Preferences / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Schools
  • Surveys and Questionnaires