Regularly sitting down to family meal also ups veggie intake, study finds Children who regularly sit down to family meals and get plenty of vegetables in their diet tend to be thinner than their peers without such eating habits, a new study finds. The results, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, may not sound surprising. However, few studies have looked at the relationship between children's weight and their diet patterns —which are more complex than, for example, sugar or fat intake. And while it is generally believed that sitting down to family dinner is good for kids, there has been little research evidence that doing so actually helps keep children slim... Read the full story.What do you think? Do you think eating as a family helps kids maintain a healthier diet? Post your thoughts here.