In the survey of 15 UK cities, Newcastle (32.7%) and Glasgow (32.5%) reported only sharing a family dinner at the dining table once a week or less, more families than anywhere else. Belfast is the most family-focused city at mealtimes, according to the survey, with 87.5% of families sitting down together at the table for dinner more than once a week and 37.5% doing so every day.
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The Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are miles apart at mealtimes; 83.3% of families in Edinburgh sit down together more than once a week at the dining table to share an evening meal, compared to only 67.5% in Glasgow.
This in turn nurtures a sense of belonging and promotes positive self-esteem and confidence. Research into the impact of children and adolescents eating meals with their families also shows the added benefit of improved intellectual development and academic performance and a reduction in engagement in high-risk behaviour.
So perhaps if January is a time for new beginnings and a decision to improve health and wellbeing then keeping up the family Sunday roast is a strong contender to support this."