There are various theories on what you should do to follow a healthy diet – and it seems that eating with your family is one of the latest suggestions.
Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey analysed figures from a selection of other surveys to find that people who eat together are generally healthier than those who eat alone.
Not only do families have better overall wellbeing, but their members are also more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
Family mealtimes were shown to include more fruit, vegetables, fibre and vitamins, while junk food was not as prominent.
Jennifer Martin-Biggers, a doctoral student in the department of nutritional sciences at the university, said: "It is very interesting that something as simple as frequently eating meals together may contribute to so many different types of benefits to all family members."
It is not only the time spent together around the dinner table that made a difference, as the quality of the interactions also proved important.
Families who sat in front of the TV together or went out for fast food did not have the same dietary intakes as those who interacted at home.