The American family meal

W. A. McIntosh, W. Dean, C. C. Torres, J. Anding, K. S. Kubena, R. Nayga

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In this chapter, the American family meal is examined. Recent trends in eating by both individuals and families are explored. Frequency of eating various meals, time spent eating, and which, if any, family members participate in these meals are studied. Effects of parental employment, income, and other characteristics indicate the frequency and time spent in some family meals are constrained by resources such as time and by parental work schedules. Foods currently consumed at family dinner tables are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeals in Science and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Research and Business Applications
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9781845694036
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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