Center for Body Image Research and Policy


Regularly eating breakfast and meals with the family has important health implications for youth. However, the association between eating breakfast and family meals regularly with body image has not been explored. Utilizing the 2009–2010 World Health Organization’s Health Behavior in School-Aged Children U.S. survey (N = 12,642), we sought to begin this conversation. Our findings suggest that eating breakfast and meals with parents more regularly may be related to a more positive body image. This cross-sectional glance suggests that policies and programs that encourage youth and families to regularly eat breakfast and family meals may also encourage better body image among youth.

Authors: Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Aubrey Jones & Elizabeth O’Neill