By Rachael CofmanPublished November 09, 2017 11:10:12When it comes to lunch, many people may think it’s best to eat at the same time every day, but a new study shows that eating together isn’t necessarily healthier.
Researchers found that those who ate together were more likely to report a greater appetite for lunch than those who didn’t.
The findings are part of a larger research that has shown that people who eat together tend to have higher levels of energy, which helps them maintain their weight throughout the day.
The researchers analyzed data from the Food Consumption Survey, a national health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2002 and 2017.
The research found that people in households with a spouse or partner who is also an employee or a family member who is employed reported a higher daily energy intake, compared to those who did not.
The higher energy intake among spouses and partners was also found to be related to a greater willingness to eat together at lunchtime, with people in the married-partner households more likely than those in the non-married-partners households to report eating together in a large group.
However, the researchers say this may not be enough to explain why people in married-couple households tend to eat more often than those not in the same households.
“The higher daily intake reported by the married couples and those not living with their spouses, however, may reflect the fact that their spouses may be engaged in activities that require a more active approach,” the researchers wrote.
“Furthermore, a greater proportion of married couples reported that they consumed more energy during lunchtime than the unmarried couples and the nonmarried couples.”
Researchers found a greater frequency of people in those households eating together when the study was conducted in 2010 and 2011, which is when the CDC started asking questions about how frequently people ate together.
This time around, the team looked at data from 2018 and 2019, which covered data from 2010 to 2021.
The results are interesting because people in both households were eating together more than their non-marriage counterparts, the study found.
Researchers noted that there may be more to the study than just the higher energy consumption among spouses who are engaged in social activity, but the results do suggest that it’s important to be aware of how you eat with your loved ones.