Mindless eating in front of the TV doesn’t just lead to a less healthy diet for children; it could lead to a less healthy life overall, according to one Canadian study. CBC News reports it’s important to pay attention to how children eat, not just what.

Researchers looked at the link between eating habits and blood-serum levels of so-called "bad" cholesterol like LDL and triglicerides, which can be markers of later cardiovascular risk.
Their findings are discussed in this video.

This is just one more compelling reason why children should eat around the table together with their family, whatever form that family takes. Turn off the TV, leave the electronic gadgets and cell phones in another room, and focus on eating and enjoying the company of those around you.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

How, not just what, children eat is important
Research has found a connection between the eating habits of preschoolers and the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.