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Busy lives and changing habits mean that fewer families now eat their evening meal at the dining table, preferring to tuck into their meal in front of a television or computer instead.
Yet a recent study of children aged between two and five found that those who eat their main meal at the table are slimmer than those who are served in front of a screen. Researchers believe that children served at the dinner table eat less because they recognise when they are full, while those eating in front of the TV are too distracted to spot when they’ve eaten enough. Children allowed to serve their own portions also tend to put less food on their plate than if their food is simply handed to them.
Stop at One
The National Osteoporosis Society has launched a campaign called Stop at One to raise awareness of bone health. One in two women over 50 have suffered a bone fracture but many are only diagnosed with osteoporosis after they’ve broken three or more bones.
As a fracture relating to osteoporosis occurs once every two minutes across the UK, it’s vital to make your first break your last. GPs and hospital staff often fail to talk about bone health with those at risk, and an astonishing one in ten people experiencing more than three broken bones said they had never discussed bone health or osteoporosis with medical professionals treating their fractures. Stop at One encourages you to find out more about osteoporosis by taking an on-line bone health quiz.